A wild police chase in Baldwin County Wednesday night, May 16, 2019 spanned four police jurisdictions, resulting in the arrest of an Atmore man. At one point during the chase, police said a female passenger jumped from the suspect’s vehicle and was run over. Loxley Police finally made the arrest.
The chase began in Robertsdale about 1:00 a.m. when police tried to pull over Dalton Riley Walker of Atmore for speeding. Police said Walker sped away in his pickup, leading them on a chase in excess of 100 miles per hour.
The chase started on Highway 59, then went west on Highway 104 to northbound 181. It’s at the intersection of 181 and County Road 64 that police said a female passenger jumped from the truck and was run over by the rear tires. Surveillance video from a nearby convenience store showed that part of the chase. Police stopped the chase, calling Life-Flight to the scene. A few minutes later, Loxley Police picked up the chase.
“When our officers contacted him, speeds were close to 90 miles per hour,” said Lt. Doug Phillips with Loxley Police. “They were very reckless in their behavior, so our officers initiated a pursuit with them as well and continued into the Rosinton area.”
The suspect turned down a dead-end road and onto private property where police said Walker tried to run over an officer that had gotten out of his vehicle with his gun drawn.
“Based on the suspect accelerating towards him, he had very minimal avenue of escape. He elected not to fire his weapon due to a crossfire situation with the other pursuing officer so it was a safety factor there for that so he was able to hurriedly get out of the way,” Phillips explained.
Walker crashed his truck into a fence and palm tree causing it to roll back into a police vehicle. At that point he was taken into custody. Police said Walker has felony warrants out of Escambia County, Alabama, which is why he ran. Police said he was also driving with a revoked license. It was a lengthy chase at high speeds and Phillips said it was fortunate traffic was light.
“It’s favorable for us that the traffic volume was nil. There was none,” Phillips said. “Our officers never passed another vehicle. The suspect never passed another vehicle which is very lucky.”
Robertsdale Police said the unidentified female passenger in the pickup suffered broken ribs and other injuries. She remains in the hospital in stable condition. Dalton Walker faces multiple charges, including attempted aggravated assault, attempting to elude and reckless endangerment just to name a few. He is currently being held on no bond, but is expected to have a bond hearing Friday, May 17, 2019.