Valley Police said they apprehended a man with methamphetamine in the vehicle he was driving after a chase that left a patrol car disabled from gunfire.
Valley Police said Sgt. Duane Vallia was patrolling 20th Avenue in Shawmut at 3:12 a.m. when he attempted to stop a vehicle for switched tags. When he activated his emergency lights, the driver did not stop and entered I-85 southbound at exit 79, according to a release.
The driver fired a shot at Vallia when he entered the bottom of the ramp, according to police. As they continued south on the highway, police said the driver continued firing at Vallia's car and disabled it when one of the bullets struck the radiator.
The driver left the highway at exit 77, where the release said another Valley patrol unit joined the chase.
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Police said they chased the man through Phillips Road and Cusseta Road, while Lanett officers joined the chase as well.
The chase ended at 3:18 a.m., according to police, just past County Road 177 when the driver wrecked his vehicle after crossing the railroad tracks.
Police said the driver, Barry Douglas Bland, a 26-year-old Valley man, fled on foot; Rebecca Lee Gallups, a 35-year-old Phenix City woman who was a passenger in the car, was taken into custody at the scene of the crash.
After searching the vehicle, police said they found methamphetamine, marijuana and several shell casings.
Police said Deputy Sheriff Derrick Wright was in the area assisting when he saw Bland hiding under a truck at a residence near the intersection of County Road 177 and Cusseta Road. Wright used his Taser to to subdue Bland, according to the release.
Bland, who Valley police said was wanted on felony warrants for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, now faces charges of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, felony attempting to elude, and possession of a controlled substance.
Gallups, the passenger, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to a release.
Bland and Gallups were booked at the Valley Police Department and transferred to the Chambers County Detention Facility to be held pending bond, police said.