Two men who lead lawmen on a high-speed chase and a subsequent foot chase lost both races and are in the Hempstead County Detention Center under drug and fleeing charges.
Hempstead County Sheriff James Singleton said in a press statement that Justin Britt Alberson, 24, of Bisco, and Thomas Shane Pipkin, 35, of Prescott, remain in jail awaiting a first judicial appearance after their arrest Tuesday at a rural location on Hempstead County Road 2.
Singleton said the arrests stemmed from a high speed chase that began in Hope as a sheriff's investigator heard radio traffic from the Hope Police Department.
“On Aug. 20, Investigator Gary Dorman was in his patrol unit near the intersection of North Hervey and Holiday Drive in Hope, when he heard Hope Police Sergeant Daniel Steward state that he was attempting to stop a vehicle on I-30,” Singleton said. “Sgt. Steward stated that the vehicle was westbound from the Exit 31 entrance ramp.”
He said Dorman spotted the vehicle exiting from I-30 with Steward in pursuit, showing his emergency lights and with siren activated. He said the vehicle drove through a red light, but Steward was prevented from following because of traffic.
“Investigator Dorman got behind the vehicle and advised dispatch that he would be taking over the pursuit, as it was going out of the city limits,” Singleton said.
At that point, he said Dorman pursued the vehicle onto U. S. Highway 278 West, then turned onto Hempstead County Road 21 and turned, again, onto HCR 2 at a high rate of speed.
“Deputies Steven Dunham and Charlie Featherston advised that they were on Highway 67 near Highway 353,” Singleton said. “Deputy Dunham advised that he had 'spike strips' in his unit and would attempt to spike the vehicle tires at the intersection of Hempstead 2 and Highway 353.”
However, when the suspect vehicle's tires hit the spike strips, they did not immediately deflate, and the vehicle continued on HCR 2 a short distance, ultimately coming to a stop near BMP Farms, Singleton said.
He said, at that point, the driver, Alberson, left the vehicle, and Dorman recognized him and gave chase on foot.
“Dorman exited his vehicle and after a short foot chase, Dorman was able to take him into custody,” Singleton said.
At that point, Featherston arrived and assisted Dorman in taking Alberson into custody, while Dunham, assisted by Singleton, took Pipkin into custody from Alberson's vehicle.
“Several needles were found in Alberson's left cargo pocket of his shorts,” Singleton said. “A search of the vehicle was started on the driver's side, while Deputy Dunham started searching on the passenger side. Deputy Dunham advised that he located a clear baggie containing what he believed to be methamphetamine.”
Alberson, who complained of an injury to his arm at the end of the foot chase, was taken to Wadley Regional Medical Center at Hope, treated and released for subsequent transport to jail.
Page 2 of 2 - “He was booked on reckless driving, fleeing and possession of drug paraphernalia,” Singleton said.
Pipkin was booked on an allegation of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) with intent to deliver, Singleton said.