Summerdale Police said a man who led them on a high-speed chase Wednesday, January 22, 2020 was wanted on felony warrants out of Mississippi at the time.
Summerdale Police arrested 29-year-old Thomas Reese Norton at the intersection of County Road 24 and County Road 55 after they said he ran through a stop sign, crashing into another motorist.
“It was a violent accident and flipped her car and ejected her out of the vehicle,” Summerdale Police Chief, Kevin Brock said of the victim.
That driver, Pearly Mason was flown to University Hospital in Mobile in critical condition.
It all began when police pulled over Norton at an RV storage lot on Highway 59. During the stop, police said Norton made a run for it, driving his truck through the fence and out onto 59. Surveillance video from Rick’s Gun and Pawn nearby shows a 20 second gap between the truck and pursuing officers. Once he turned onto County Road 24, police said the chase reached speeds on close to 100 miles per hour.
“Our officers kept the distance and tried to manage traffic. Luckily, there was not much traffic going on, on that road…that two-lane road, so they did an exceptional job,” Brock explained.
Just prior to the crash, police said Norton turned down a dead-end road and nearly struck the police cars coming out. Chief Brock said they were about to call off the chase at the time of the accident.
“The second officer was the supervisor on the scene, and he was already attempting to call dispatch to call off the chase when the accident happened, so he saw that it was going to get a little bit more hairy, a little more dangerous down the line.”
Fox 10 News has requested to see the dash-cam footage of the pursuit. There is video but so far, Summerdale Police hasn’t provided it. The truck Thomas Norton was driving was reportedly taken without permission from a local farm where he was employed.
Norton will face multiple charges in Summerdale along with warrants for burglary and rape in Mississippi.