Police want residents in southern Baldwin County to be on the lookout for a wanted man after they said he rammed a police cruiser with a stolen pickup he was driving.
It happened during a traffic stop Wednesday evening, December 6, 2017, in Summerdale. The police car was seriously damaged and the driver of the truck is still on the loose.
This suspect, 47-year-old Anthony Scott Marler from Ashland, AL is on the loose and police said he’s wanted by more than just Summerdale Police. Investigators said he has a felony warrant from the Alabama Department of Corrections and has served time in prison for manufacturing dangerous drugs. He also has multiple warrants from several law enforcement agencies for traffic violations. All of this was unknown to the Summerdale Police officer that pulled him over.
It all started after a Summerdale Police officer noticed a pickup swerving on County Road 28 around 5:00 in the evening. When the tag number didn’t match the truck, a stop was made on George Younce Road. When the driver and a female passenger couldn’t provide identification, the officer returned to his cruiser to run the VIN on the truck. That’s when things got scary.
The driver put the truck in reverse and slammed into the patrol unit, climbing over the hood with its rear tires. The officer’s dash-cam caught the impact and then malfunctions, but not before you hear the officer screaming at the suspect.
“He goes up onto the hood and then gets hooked on the brush guard. He’s spinning his tires and everything. The officer’s out of the vehicle by now and the vehicle, the truck becomes detached from the patrol unit,” explained Summerdale Police Chief, Jimmy Davis. “The tires are flat. He goes down the road about two and a half miles. The driver jumps out. The passenger attempts to run, but the Sheriff’s Department was able to apprehend her.”
Police said Marler was able to get away on foot and is still on the loose. The female rider was not charged and police said she is cooperating with the investigation. The chase ended on George Younce Road south of County Road 24. Calvin Brackens was in his front yard working on a car when he saw the stolen truck fly by his house. He said he heard it coming before he saw it.
“All of a sudden, I looked back and there was a rumbling sound,” Brackens said. “This guy went down here. He must have been going 65 at least…jumped right through the stop sign across 24 there and I seen him put the brake lights on there at Johnny’s house.”
Meanwhile, Chief Davis is urging residents to be aware and on the lookout for Marler, who he said is a danger to the community.
“If he’s going to ram a police car like he did and put my officer’s life in danger, he is considered dangerous so he’s out on foot. We don’t know where he hides. We don’t know where he’s going. He could steal another vehicle so the community needs to make sure they lock their doors, lock their car doors,” Davis warned.
If you’ve seen Anthony Marler or know his whereabouts, call your local police department right away. Davis said the US Marshall’s met with local officials Thursday afternoon to obtain copies of the warrants he now has here. Those are for receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment. More charges could come.
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