An Opelika, Ala., man who police say led officers on a car chase Saturday night collided his car into a Burger King and had to be pulled from his vehicle by the Jaws of Life.
An officer pulled over the suspect, identified by police as Brandon Ramon Doler, 28, around 11:30 p.m. The suspect had committed a traffic violation, and the officer stopped him near the Rica Motel on 20th Avenue, said Valley Police Maj. Mike Reynolds in a release.
The officer, however, didn’t get to the suspect’s black 1991 GMC Sonoma pickup before he drove off, heading north on 20th Avenue, Reynolds said. Other officers were called, and they tried to catch up with the suspect.
At some point, the suspect lost control of his vehicle, drove off the road and started rolling before it collided into the side of a Burger King, Reynolds said.
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No customers were in the business at the time and no employees were hurt, the major added.
The East Alabama Fire District was called to the scene and used the Jaws of Life to pull the suspect from the pickup. He was airlifted to Columbus, treated and released Sunday morning.
Doler was charged with attempting to elude a police officer and was cited for speeding and no seat belt, Reynolds said.