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VIDEO: Valley police chase ends in crash

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Jared Hinkle, a student training with police, caught this cell phone video showing Wednesday's police chase ending with a crash. Jared Hinkle, a student training with police, caught this cell phone video showing Wednesday's police chase ending with a crash.
VALLEY, Ala. -

Valley Police have arrested a man that led them on a car chase that spanned three cities and reached speeds of 80 miles an hour. The chase ended Wednesday after the suspect drove his car head-on into a Chambers County Sheriff's Department vehicle - - and it was all caught on tape.

Officers of the Valley Police Department were dispatched to a Dollar Tree in reference to a violation of a Protection from Abuse Order. Upon arrival, the officers were told the suspect, 23-year-old Kori Stanford, had left the scene in a white Chrysler PT Cruiser.

A short time later, a Valley officer spotted Stanford driving south on Highway 29. The officer pulled Stanford over and got out of his patrol car to approach Stanford’s vehicle but Standford then sped away. The officer chased Stanford on Highway 29 traveling north even as the chase reached speeds of 80 miles per hour. Stanford swerved into oncoming traffic several times but did not hit anyone, police say.

The chase continued into Lanett, where Stanford collided with a Valley Police patrol car. He continued into West Point and pulled into the West Point Housing Authority. He hit two more vehicles before driving off again. The chase eventually ended after he crashed his vehicle head-on with a Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.

Jared Hinkle, who is in a youth training program called the Explorers, was riding in that sheriff's department vehicle. He caught the crash on his cell phone even as Stanford's vehicle headed right towards him.

"Deputy Michael Meacham checked on me to make sure I was okay before he got out and captured the guy," Hinkle says. "He is basically a hero."

Police say Stanford continued to resist officers after the crash and was tased in order to take him into custody. Stanford complained of pain to his side and was voluntarily transported to the hospital for treatment.

Hinkle and Meacham were treated at the scene for minor injuries. During the chase Stanford struck three Valley Police patrol vehicles.

Once Stanford is released from the hospital he will be transported to the Chambers County Detention Center. He will be held pending bond and extradition back to Georgia.

David Hurst

David Hurst, a graduate of the Univ. of Georgia, is News 3's nightside reporter.
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