Theft, chase suspect: I was hungry

UPDATE: Friday, February 14, 2014 - Bond was granted for Michael Sims, the man who police say led them on a chase that ended with Sims shot in the shoulder. An assistant district attorney said the amount was for more than $10,000.

Thursday, February 13, 2014: Mobile Police arrested Michael Sims, 44, after he prompted a police chase through Midtown Mobile Thursday, February 13.

Officers said they first encountered Sims after responding to a theft at Bel Air Mall Thursday afternoon.

Sims himself told FOX10 news he stole a laser leveler from a store to exchange for money.

When police responded, officers said Sims struck a patrol car while attempting to flee the mall parking lot.

After a short vehicle pursuit, District Attorney Ashley Rich said Sims wrecked his vehicle at the intersection and Upham and Old Shell Road. She said Sims then tried to run over the officer.

The responding officer opened fire on the vehicle and Sims was shot once in his right shoulder.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released.

Sims has been arrested and charged with theft of property third degree, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, failure to obey, and unlawful possession of a control substance.

Rich says the shooting appears to be justified. She says the officer thought the suspect was also armed.

The case will go before a grand jury.

Sims has a history of theft charges and attempting to elude police.

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