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Valley sees several wrecks during weekend

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

It was a wild weekend for wrecks in The Valley with drivers striking patrol cars, landing in a pool and leading authorities on a chase.

Saturday, a Decatur woman hit a home, knocked down a fence, hit a utility pole, hit a sport utility vehicle and hit a Lawrence County deputy head-on during a chase in Hillsboro. Sheriff’s Department Maj. Har-old Knighten said troopers are looking into whether the driver, Allison Wright, 26, of 263 Hudson Road, was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Law-rence County charged her with criminal mischief, speeding, attempting to elude authorities and reckless driving.

Saturday night, Moulton police chased a vehicle down Alabama 24 and into Decatur at speeds reaching 120 mph, according to Lawrence County EMA. The vehicle wrecked on Fifth Avenue in Decatur. Further information was not available from police.

Sunday night, a female driver left the 900 block of New Center Road in Hartselle, drove into a garage and hit two Harley motorcycles and a van, according to troopers. Her vehicle then went through a yard and landed in an above-ground swimming pool. Her name was not available.

Also on Sunday, a motorist in Elkmont left Stateline Street and plowed into someone’s yard, according to troopers. That driver fled the scene, but troopers arrested the two passengers for being intoxicated.

Sunday morning, a motorist collided with a Decatur patrol car at Eighth Street and U.S. 31, near McDonald’s and Walgreen’s. The officer had minor injuries, according to police. Further information was not available. The wreck site was the same area where an intoxicated driver crashed into a Decatur patrol car in September, injuring both the officer and driver.

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