Mobile Police release new details about deadly car chase
Chief Prine said Jamarcus Rogers had a felony assault warrant
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -FOX10 News learned more information Wednesday about a high-speed chase that ended with a deadly wreck.
Jamarcus Rogers, 23, died Tuesday when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed while trying to get away from Mobile Police.
Police Chief Paul Prine said Tuesday evening officers were in the area of Springhill and Ann Street when they saw a group of people at a gas station.
“There was a large crowd at the Springhill gas station, right there at the corner of Ann,” Chief Prine said. “And at which time Mr. Rogers was seen abruptly jumping into his vehicle and accelerating.”
Prine said Rogers had a felony assault warrant for his arrest and that could’ve been why he sped off.
Rogers reached high speeds in his attempt to elude police, Prine said. He died on Springhill Avenue near Lanier Street after crossing the median, hitting a tree, and slamming into a wall. During the pursuit, Prine said Rogers hit an officer’s vehicle.
“That part is under investigation. We received information to that but I’m not able to substantiate that right now,” the chief said. “I do not believe it was a pit maneuver nor do I know if it was an intentional act by the driver.”
Rogers’ family also wants to know what happened and how he ultimately ended up crashing, and dying.
“We want to know what happened, we want to know if he was hit by one of the police cars and that’s the reason why he lost control,” said Jasmine Rogers, Jamarcus’ sister. “We just need some answers, they haven’t told us anything.”
Mobile Police want to remind the public during situations like this to utilize the digital siren app.
The app notifies drivers of nearby pursuits.
Chief Prine is thankful an innocent person wasn’t hurt in the chase and crash.
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