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March 8, 2014

HPD: Boaz man charged with attempted murder after trying to run over police chief

CULLMAN — A Boaz man is in jail on attempted murder charges after Hanceville police said he tried to run over the city’s police chief Friday afternoon.

Hanceville Police Chief Bob Long said he was attempting to speak with Frankie Cantrell Smith, 28, at Brannon Recycling on U.S. 31 about a trailer Smith reportedly took to the business Thursday. The trailer was stolen from Blount County, Long said.

When he approached, Smith started the truck he was in sitting in, put it in gear and slammed on the gas, Long said.  He said he shot out the left front tire of Smith’s truck before jumping out of the way.

Smith headed northbound on U.S. 31 in a southbound lane, speeding into oncoming traffic, Long said. Hanceville police officers Kenny Wallace and Rob Long pursued Smith to County Road 466 where he jumped out and ran into the woods.

 “We lost sight of him and called for backup,” Long said. “Cullman County sheriff’s deputies and Cullman police officers responded along with the Cullman city police helicopter.”

Lt. Danny Hite and tactical officer Cindy Rohrscheib spotted Smith after about 15 minutes, and authorities took him into custody. Police found a small amount of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in his truck which Smith allegedly told police he knew was stolen when he bought it. The truck also had a stolen tag, Long said.

Smith was booked into the Cullman County Detention Facility Friday evening. His bail was not immediately available. Smith had felony warrants for his arrest in Marshall County, Long said. 

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