At least one person was injured when officers and deputies with the Multijurisdictional Interstate Interdiction Task Force attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a mid 90s white Ford Thunderbird traveling westbound on I-10 at the 50 mile marker on Wednesday, Feb 12 around 1:30 p.m.
The driver of the vehicle began to attempt to elude, driving at a high rate of speed and erratically. He exited I-10 onto Highway 59, went south briefly then reversed direction north bound and re-entered I-10 westbound.
A Baldwin County Sheriff’s Investigator was positioned ahead of the chase and deployed a spike strip tire deflation device. The suspect vehicle struck the spike strip and subsequently all four tires deflated and the vehicle left the roadway into the tree line at approximately the 40 mile marker.
The suspect exited the vehicle and fled into the woods with Officers and Deputies giving chase. The suspect was quickly lost in the dense undergrowth. A perimeter was established by members of multiple agencies to include the Loxley, Daphne and Spanish Fort Police Departments along with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver was identified as 41-year-old Edwin Lott of Mississippi. Lott had a felony child abuse and larceny warrant outstanding out of Mississippi.
A K-9 team from the Alabama Department of Corrections Fountain Correction Facility responded to the scene and deployed their tracking dogs. Those canines along with Corrections Officers, and task force members quickly located the suspect approximately 1 mile from where he entered the wood line. He was taken into custody without further incident.
The pursuit directly led to a two car motor vehicle accident in which a 71-year-old female was injured. The extent of her injuries is unknown at this time.
Edwin Lott is being charged with felony attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and multiple traffic violations. He has been transported to the Baldwin County Jail.