BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Just before 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office sergeant attempted a traffic stop, which led to a police chase, according to a press release from the office.
The sergeant observed a gold 2001 Chevy Malibu driving recklessly on I-59 North near 20th Street in Ensley, which led to the officer attempting the stop, at which time the driver of the vehicle accelerated and threw what appeared to be a box out of the vehicle’s window, according to the release.
The report states that the car then traveled down the wrong side of the road down the on-ramp to I-59 on to Bush Boulevard. The driver then traveled through oncoming traffic until it collided with a red pickup truck at 17th Street Ensley.
The driver, Johnathan Tyler Hicks, 29, of Locust Fork, Ala. was taken into custody. Police discovered Hicks had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant in Vestavia Hills for a failure to appear on possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hicks has also been charged at this time with reckless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony attempting to elude due to the wreck injuring another person. Hicks was transported to UAB hospital after sustaining minor injuries, along with a female passenger who faces no charges.
Officers are still searching for two male passengers who fled the backseat of the Malibu after the wreck.
Check back for updates on this developing story.