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Woman allegedly hit house, pole, SUV, patrol car

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

HILLSBORO — A Lawrence County deputy hit head-on by a Decatur woman wasn’t sure what model of sport utility vehicle hit him, but he knew the make was a Honda.

“He said he could clearly see the H on the car as she came at him,” said Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department Maj. Harold Knighten.

The deputy’s patrol car wasn’t the first thing the woman hit Saturday, Knighten said.

Between noon and 12:30 p.m., Allison Wright, 26, of 263 Hudson Road, allegedly ran off the road in the Chalybeate community near Hillsboro at a home at 4526 Lawrence County 217, Knighten said.

“She hit the home, tore down a fence, hit a power pole and hit an SUV,” he said.

A deputy at Morris Chapel Church received a call about the property damage and spotted her vehicle on Lawrence County 217.

“He turned on his blue lights, and she took off at a high rate of speed,” Knighten said.

The major said Wright turned on various roads while fleeing the deputy and lost control at a curve on Lawrence County 352.

“The deputy saw her go off the road into a yard,” Knighten said. “He was not right up on her, so he slowed down because he thought she might turn around. He was basically stopped in the road when she got back on it and hit him head-on. Then she backed up and took off again.”

The impact caused the deputy’s air bag to deploy, causing minor injuries.

Another deputy caught up with Wright going north on Lawrence County 217. Authorities from Moulton, Courtland and Trinity also joined the chase.

High speeds

“At this point, she was running 85 to 100 mph in a 45 mph zone,” Knighten said.

When Lawrence County 217 ended at Alabama 20 in Hillsboro, Wright attempted to turn, but the vehicle stalled, Knighten said.

“It was leaking fluid, probably due to her hitting the patrol car,” he said.

“When she got out of her vehicle, she was hollering for a deputy to shoot her.”

Knighten said troopers are investigating whether she was under the influence of alcohol or some type of drug.

Wright went to Lawrence Baptist Medical Center for treatment for minor injuries and then was transferred to the Lawrence County Jail.

Lawrence County authorities charged Wright with first-degree criminal mischief, speeding, attempting to elude authorities and reckless driving. Charges from troopers are pending, Knighten said.

“We’re very fortunate somebody was not seriously hurt,” Knighten said. “She was turning around in the road, driving on the wrong side of the road and going at high rates of speed. I don’t know why she did this. Some of it appeared to be deliberate, as if she wanted to hurt herself, but we’re just lucky she didn’t seriously hurt someone else in the process.”

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