A Daphne man is lucky to be alive after police said he crashed his car into a tree at high speed during a police chase. Police said the suspect turned on blue and red emergency lights during the chase, impersonating a peace officer. It all started with a traffic stop on Highway 31 in Spanish Fort and ended on Jimmy Faulkner Boulevard.
Little was left of the car Spanish Fort Police pulled over Tuesday night, January 9, 2018, shortly before 9:00 p.m. Police stopped the 2014 Chevy Malibu for having illegal headlights, but before police could confront the driver, he took off. Police gave chase, losing the car in Timber Creek briefly. Investigators said when the suspect came out the other side, officers noticed something else.
“It appears that he just went straight through the neighborhood on Timber Creek Boulevard. When he exited the neighborhood onto Highway 181, the officer that was waiting there noticed that he had the blue and red lights flashing, visible through the front window of the vehicle,” said Spanish Ft. Police Chief, David Edgar.
From there, the chase continued north, across Highway 31 and up Jimmy Faulkner Boulevard. About two miles later, the driver lost control and crashed into a pine tree.
“Tried to flee on foot. Officers were able to apprehend him there at the scene,” Edgar explained. “He was transported to the hospital for injuries he received in the accident.”
Once released from the hospital, police took 31-year-old Dean Randall Kelly to the Baldwin County Jail on multiple charges. Inside his wrecked car police found a pistol, methamphetamine, digital scales, brass knuckles and body armor. Chief Edgar said the combination of crimes gives more reason for concern.
“When he had the blue and red light flashing, at that point you know we’ve got someone who’s impersonating or has the capability of impersonated a police officer…to pull people over or do things that are illegal and really cause concern in the community,” Edgar said.
Dean Kelly was booked into the Baldwin County Jail on a $7,000 bond. He faces charges of impersonating a peace officer, attempting to elude, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
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