Video: Teen on ride-along films head-on police crash
A police Explorer was in the cruiser filming when the eluding suspect crashed head-on with the cruiser
By Steena Hymes
LaGrange Daily News
CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ga. — A police chase that started in Valley, Ala., and ended in West Point resulted in several damaged vehicles and a head-on crash with a Chamber's County Sheriff's Office deputy.
Officers with Valley Police Department were dispatched to the Dollar Tree in the 3400 block of 20th Avenue at approximately 5:45 p.m. in reference to a suspect, Kori Coreen Stanford, 23, of Valley, who allegedly violated a protection from abuse order.
Stanford left the scene in a white PT Cruiser and at 5:50 p.m., he was spotted by another Valley officer traveling south on Highway 29 near 26th avenue. As the officer made a traffic stop and walked towards Stanford's car, he accelerated and sped away. After a chase was initiated, Stanford allegedly drove through several yards trying to get away before the chase got back onto Highway 29 traveling north, reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour, according to reports.
Stanford swerved into oncoming traffic several times but did not hit anyone. The chase continued into Lanett where Stanford ran into a Valley Patrol car. The chase then entered West Point and into West Point Housing Authority where Stanford allegedly struck at least two vehicles according to reports.
The chase ended on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at 6:09 p.m. when Stanford crashed head-on with a Chambers County Sheriff's Office Deputy.
Once officers reached Stanford, he allegedly continued to resist officers and had to be shot with a Taser in order to take him into custody.
Stanford reportedly complained of pain to his side and was voluntarily transported to East Alabama Medical Center for treatment.
The Chambers County deputy and a police Explorer who was riding with the deputy at the time of the collision were treated for minor injuries.
According to the report, Stanford allegedly struck three Valley patrol vehicles and two civilian vehicles.
At this time, Stanford will be charged in Valley with attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and several traffic violations. He also has an outstanding warrant for domestic violence in the third degree in Lanett and he is facing four charges of felony aggravated assault in West Point.
More charges may be pending according to officials.
Upon release from the hospital, Stanford will be transported to the Chambers County Detention Center where he will be held pending bond and extradition back to Georgia.
The Valley Police Department was assisted by the Chambers County Sheriff's Office, the West Point Police Department, the Lanett Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff's Office.
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