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Woman crosses county on wrong side of road

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

LACEY’S SPRING — A woman topped off her birthday celebration with a car chase in which she fled police across county lines — driving for miles on the wrong side of the road — Morgan County Chief Deputy Mike Corley said Wednesday.

Sheriff’s deputies charged Leigh Ann Hyche, 36, of New Hope with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. All are misdemeanors.

Corley said the Sheriff’s Department received a call from Huntsville police at about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday that a suspected drunk driver was headed south on U.S. 231.

“This subject was headed towards our county running southbound in the northbound lanes,” Corley said.

Huntsville turned over the pursuit to waiting deputies when Hyche crossed into Morgan County.

“We attempted to stop her and she continued on, running southbound in the northbound side of the roadway, through the Lacey’s Spring area and up the mountain toward Morgan City,” said Corley. “We had other units going ahead to warn traffic to clear the roadway.

Hyche nearly made it to Marshall County on the wrong side of the road, Corley said.

Corley said a pursuing patrol car attempted a pit maneuver — a bump used to spin the targeted car around — and succeeded in bringing Hyche to a stop.

“She attempted to go, but was blocked in,” Corley said.

She had traveled about eight miles inside Morgan County, going the wrong way.

Corley said deputies took Hyche into custody without further incident.

No one was injured, and the patrol car and Hyche’s car received only cosmetic damage, Corley said.

Hyche was taken to Morgan County Jail and held in lieu of $1,550 bond.

“It was a wild birthday for this young lady,” Corley said. “One she won’t forget for a while.”

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