A Mobile man is accused of trying to kill a Baldwin County Sheriff’s deputy Sunday, August 27, 2015 during a high speed chase. It started in Spanish Fort when police said a citizen saw 32 year-old Fredrick Allen Ward steal an older model Cadillac from the Belk parking lot off Highway 181. It ended on Highway 225 near Crossroads.
Spanish Fort Police spotted the stolen car on Highway 225 at School Road a few minutes after they call and gave chase. Deputies from the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office assisted and put a spike strip across the highway north of White House Fork Rd. The spike strip took out the suspect’s tires as well as the tires of the Spanish Ft. Police unit in pursuit. Sheriff’s deputies then took over the chase.
It ended in a crash when investigators said Ward rammed two deputies’ cars. Baldwin County Sheriff, Hoss Mack said Ward was driving north in the southbound lane when a deputy driving south had to take evasive actions.
“The deputy was actually trying to get out of his way…was trying to give him path and at that point in time, the individual actually turned his vehicle towards the deputy, hitting the deputy in the passenger side rear quarter panel, but then caused the vehicle to spin and actually become airborne,” Mack explained.
The impact totaled both vehicles and the deputy and the suspect were taken to the hospital. They were both treated and released Sunday night. A second Sheriff’s vehicle was also hit. That deputy received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
“Had the deputy not been a vehicle that had side airbags, had the protection that we put in the vehicles for more protection for impacts and wearing his seatbelt and had on his vest because one of the things is these vests are not just bullet proof vests,” Mack said. “One of the things, these vests have been shown to absorb a lot of impact in a motor vehicle crash.”
Ward appeared before a judge through closed circuit television for his bond hearing today. He’s charged with theft of property, attempting to elude, assault and attempted murder. Judge Bill Scully set bond at a total of $285,000.
If he were to post bond, Fredrick Ward would be required to wear a GPS ankle monitor. That may not happen though. That’s because at the time of this offense, Ward was out on bond for similar charges of vehicle theft and attempting to elude. That bond could be revoked, keeping Ward in jail until his trial.
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