Midland man arrested after chase

Valley police arrested a Midland man following a car chase and an accident Thursday afternoon.

Edwin Dennis, 35, was arrested on an outstanding warrant held in Chambers County, as well as drug paraphenalia and traffic charges, after police pursued him in a car chase through two counties.

According to a Valley police department press release, at around 1:50 p.m. Valley Police Corporal Clay Tucker was monitoring vehicle traffic, looking for a suspect in a reported armed robbery in Lanett.

Tucker observed a tan Buick driving past him, exceeding the posted speed limit. The driver was a white man matching the description of the suspect in the Lanett robbery.

When Tucker tried to stop the vehicle to investigate, the driver, Dennis, began to accelerate and evade him on Ben Brown Road.

Tucker began pursuit of the car as it sped towards the Lake Harding area, refusing to yield to his signals.

As Dennis crossed into Lee County, he threw some items from the vehicle. The discarded items were later discovered to be syringes and suspected powdered drugs, police said.

The vehicle entered Beauregard and turned down Lee Road 279, which is a dirt road. Dennis lost control of the car and overturned in a drainage ditch, causing severe damage to the car.

Dennis suffered minor injuries in the wreck and was transported to George H. Lanier Hospital by Valley EMS. He was treated and released, then booked into the Chambers County Jail.

No connection to the Lanett robbery was established, but Dennis holds an extensive criminal history and was released from a state penitentiary in November 2007 after serving time on a charge of manufacturing methamphetamines.

Alabama State Troopers and Lee County Sheriff's officers assisted in the arrest.