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Police chase in Athens ends with accidents

By Holly Hollman 340-2445

ATHENS — When an Athens man saw two police officers at his door, he ran out the back door, took off in his car and then gave motorists on U.S. 31 a scare.

Police Chief Wayne Harper said the officers went to the home of James V. Allred Jr., 39, of 1001 Frazier St., Lot 3, to serve failure-to-appear warrants on previous charges of driving with a revoked license and driving with no insurance. That was shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Harper said Allred opted to escape.

"He hit (U.S.) 31 and went southbound," Harper said. "He had been drinking."

Harper said Allred allegedly ran a red light on U.S. 31 at Pryor Street and drove around spike strips at Forrest Street.

Allred then allegedly ran the red light at the U.S. 31 entrance to Wal-Mart and struck a car turning left into the store and then hit a truck exiting the store.

The driver in the car, Sarah Lindsay, 69, of Page Road, Tanner, went to Athens-Limestone Hospital with a broken pelvis, the chief said.

The driver of the truck, Josh Buchanan, 23, of Old Highway 20, Madison, was not hurt.

An ambulance took Allred to Athens and then a MedFlight helicopter transported him to Huntsville Hospital. Harper said Allred had internal injuries and was bleeding from his head.

"He was conscious after the wreck and was hollering and carrying on," Harper said.

The wreck shut down both southbound lanes of U.S. 31 while responders were treating the patients. One lane remained closed until 4:30 p.m.

Investigators still were working Tuesday evening on the charges against Allred. Harper said the charges will include felony assault and various traffic charges.

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