A man has been arrested on multiple charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through Boaz and into DeKalb County.
According to Boaz Chief of Police Josh Gaskin, on Friday, Nov. 15, Boaz Police Officer Jonathan Rohlfs was patrolling near Bruce Road and East Highway in Boaz when he spotted a suspicious vehicle.
As it approached Rohlfs, the driver made a quick turn, failing to signal. As Rohlfs turned around on the vehicle, he saw it make another abrupt turn, causing him to lose sight of the vehicle. Rohlfs notified other officers that he believed the vehicle was attempting to elude him.
Officer Luis Gutierrez saw the vehicle enter onto Alabama Highway 168 from East Highway at a high rate of speed. The suspect began passing vehicles as it continued to gain speed traveling east on Alabama Highway 168. As speeds neared 120 mph, officers backed off of the vehicle, while keeping it in sight.
The suspect left Boaz and entered Dekalb County as it continued on east on Alabama Highway 168. The vehicle eventually made it to Alabama Highway 75 and began traveling north towards Geraldine.
Alabama State Troopers took lead of the pursuit as the suspect neared County Road 843. The suspect crashed as he tried to make a right turn onto County Road 20. The suspect vehicle tried to drive back onto the road, but it was blocked state troopers.
Bobby Ray Emery, 47, of Boaz, was arrested at the scene and taken into custody by Boaz Police Officer Luis Gutierrez. He was charged with two counts of attempting to elude law enforcement, four counts of reckless endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and first-degree possession of marijuana.
Emery is facing felony drug charges and misdemeanor charges in Dekalb County that stem from the pursuit, as well as felony charges on warrants which were issued in Etowah County in August.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency State Troopers, Albertville Police, Geraldine Police, Dekalb County Sheriff's Office and Crossville Police all assisted with the pursuit.
"It's very fortunate that this chase ended with no innocent people hurt," DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said. "Daytime chases are especially dangerous due to the amount of innocent civilians being on the roadway.
"If this suspect would have stopped for the Boaz Police Department, his life would have been much easier, but, instead, he chose to run and endangered innocent lives," he added. "He now has earned himself around twenty new warrants and numerous traffic citations. All agencies involved did a fantastic job in ending this pursuit and getting the suspect in custody."