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Decatur man leads authorities on weekend chase

Special to the Enquirer  

A weekend traffic stop turned into a half hour chase through the central part of Morgan County, covering numerous communities and involving multiple law enforcement agencies.  

Justin Harold Callahan, 33, of Decatur faces more than a dozen traffic citations and numerous felony criminal charges, which are pending, after leading officers on a chase across Falkville to Florette, where he lost control of the vehicle while trying to avoid spikes deployed by Alabama state troopers. 

The chase began in downtown Falkville after a Morgan County deputy attempted to make a traffic stop. The deputy followed the suspect up Mt. Tabor Road, crossing Highway 36 into the Somerville/Brooksville community.  

 According to police, Callahan avoided spikes set up by Priceville Police Department on Highway 67, continuing onto to Perkinswood Road then Jarrett Road in an effort to get back to Highway 36.  

Callahan reportedly traveled eastbound on Highway 36, where deputies had spikes set up in the area of Milton’s One Stop – spikes he again avoided, turning on Gum Springs Road and continuing up to the Oden Ridge community. 

Officers said Callahan next crossed Eva Road onto Lawrence Cove Road and continued to Rock Creek Road before eventually turning north on Highway 67 toward Brewer.  

Alabama state troopers had deployed spikes around Huskey Park in the Florette community. Trying to avoid the spikes, the Callahan lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and came to rest sideways across Highway 67.  

Callahan was taken into custody. Bond is pending. 

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