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Man Arrested After Fleeing from Shelby County Deputies...
(Columbiana, AL) On September 16, 2021, at approximately 12:46 AM, a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office made a traffic stop on a vehicle at US Hwy 280 and Meadowbrook Road. When the deputy encountered the driver, the deputy observed a rifle in the car, and the driver fled in the vehicle. There was a short pursuit that ended with the suspect wrecking at US Hwy 280 and Bowling Drive.
As the deputy approached the wreck, he believed the driver was still located in the vehicle with the rifle. Shelby County Deputies, with the assistance of the Hoover Police Department, conducted a high risk vehicle stop where it appeared the driver was not responding to commands. Hwy 280 was closed in both directions to reduce the risk to the public.
The Shelby County Multi-jurisdictional Special Operations Group responded to the scene and were able to approach the car with a special purpose vehicle and determine the driver had been able to flee prior to the deputies being able to address the vehicle. The rifle was located inside the abandoned vehicle.
Patrol Deputies and members of the Shelby County Special Operations group continued to investigate the incident and were able to locate the suspect at a nearby residence on Stonecrest Drive in Birmingham.
The driver was identified as Tadarius Hammond, 29 years old of Birmingham, and he was arrested on multiple traffic violations and attempting to elude law enforcement. No injuries were reported during the incident or the following arrest. Hammond is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail with bonds totaling $7,500.
Sheriff John Samaniego stated, “I am thankful for all of our public safety partners in Shelby County. With their assistance, we were able to work together as a team and apprehend the suspect with no one being injured while sending a message that we will not tolerate criminal activity in Shelby County.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Hoover Police Department, Helena Police Department, Alabaster Police Department, and Cahaba Valley Fire and Rescue for their assistance during this incident.