MPD: 18-year-old arrested for stealing car, causing chase

Mobile Police said an 18-year-old was arrested after a high speed chase came to an end around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, June 12 on Lakeside Drive in Mobile.

Investigators said the chase started when an officer spotted a maroon Chevy Silverado that was reported stolen. After that, the chase was on.

A witness said the truck sped through Family Place Apartments off Michael Blvd and almost hit her. The witness said the truck was going about 50 miles per hour through the apartment complex where she said kids were outside.

“I just ran for my door and I couldn’t get my door unlocked. I was trying to wiggle the door and get it unlocked. It was crazy, I was just running,” Nancy Turner said. “I’m still shaken, I’m still shaken it was crazy.”

Chase reaches 90 mph

Turner said cops were perusing the vehicle that according to scanner traffic, reached about 90 mph.  The chase happened on portions of Michael Blvd and Montlimar Drive and ended on Lakeside Drive when the truck crashed into a utility pole. Witnesses said one of the suspects jumped out of the passenger side door, ran off then jumped in a lake. The witness said he was about to leave work when he heard the crash and saw police vehicles surround the Silverado.

“I just clocked out, I was backing up from my office and I just heard a bunch of tires screeching and stuff. I turned around and looked in my rear view mirror and that’s when I saw him clip the power pole and sever it,” said Chris Stanford who works on Lakeside drive.

Police caught up with the suspects and by 7 p.m. a man and a woman were in custody. Police identified the driver as Arthur Watson. He was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, first-degree theft of property, eluding police and third-degree burglary. The woman was not charged.

More than a dozen police vehicles were on scene.Around 9 p.m. Alabama Power trucks were on scene fixing the utility pole. Mobile police have not released the names of the suspects or where the car was reportedly stolen from.

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