Police Chase in Fort Payne


A police chase lands a man behind bars where he faces several felony charges. Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum says Michael Leftwich of Mentone was spotted running a red light at the South Y and Gault Avenue Intersection.

When a Patrolman attempted to stop him, Leftwich sped up and continued North on Gault to the North Y. The chase continued through Valley Head until the car skidded into a tree on Palmer Road. Leftwich was removed from the car and had smelled of alcohol.

When officers searched his car, they found marijuana, marijuana edibles, a smoking pipe, an open bottle of whiskey, several drug paraphernalia items, and Glock 43 9mm handgun. Leftwich is charged with Driving Under the Influence, Attempting to Elude, and Possession of Marijuana.

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