Rangers with the National Park Service in DeKalb County initiated a pursuit with a motorcycle on Alabama Highway 35 near Little River Canyon National Preserve on Thursday, May 14, according to Sheriff Nick Welden.

Shortly after the chase began, Alabama State Troopers, the Fort Payne Police Department and DeKalb County deputies joined in the pursuit. The suspect continued down the highway to Scenic Parkway, then turned on Fischer Road in Fort Payne.

The chase continued on County Road 153 until the suspect wrecked near the intersection with County Road 295, Welden said.

The suspect fled on foot, and deputies on scene were unable to locate him after searching for several hours. He was spotted in the area by several residents before disappearing. DeSoto State Park Rangers also arrived to help with the search.

The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a white t-shirt, olive green short pants and a black hat. He was heavily tattooed on his neck and arms and was carrying a black backpack.

The suspect reportedly sustained injuries during the wreck. It is believed by law enforcement that the suspect could still be in the local area.

Anyone with information pertaining to the suspects identity or whereabouts can contact the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office at 256-845-3801.

“The pursuit could have gotten someone hurt or worse,” Welden said. “Not to mention that when someone leads law enforcement on a pursuit like this, we don’t know what kind of criminal activity he may be engaged in. He may be a danger to our communities.

“If you have seen this individual in the area today, please contact our office,” he added. “Your identity will remain anonymous. We would really like to get him into custody.”

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