Two Cullman County men are in jail following an alleged burglary and high-speed chase that resulted in a collision with a Cullman County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle — with a deputy inside.
Colton Gilley, 22, and Douglas Lowry Jr., 24, remain in the Cullman County Detention Center following the Sunday afternoon incident, which allegedly originated in Hanceville and ended near a Phelan mobile home park, where the crash occurred.
The unnamed deputy, who was inside his parked patrol vehicle when it was struck, was transported to the hospital following the crash as a precaution, but was not injured.
Both suspects face charges of burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia; Gilley, the alleged driver, also faces a charge of attempting to elude. Law enforcement at both Hanceville and the sheriff’s office believe that Gilley intentionally meant to ram the deputy’s vehicle, and sheriff Matt Gentry said Tuesday that additional charges relating to that alleged targeting may be pending.
Hanceville Police chief Bob Long said the chase began following a call to police reporting an alleged burglary at a Hanceville residence.
“At about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Hanceville police received a call that the suspects had broken into a guy’s garage and stolen an air compressor and a drill. The officers came into contact with the suspects on the north end of Hanceville and attempted to initiate a traffic stop,” said Long.
“At that point, a high-speed pursuit ensued, with deputies from the sheriff’s office in the vicinity also alerted to the pursuit. The chase led to the Phelan area, where the suspects crashed into a deputy’s parked patrol vehicle. Really, they just plowed into the vehicle as if they had no intention of missing or avoiding it.”