On Sunday Evening, February 7 approximately 8pm, Clay County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch received a call of a prowler in the area of Lake Gerald Circle. When deputies arrived in the area, a red ford pickup truck was observed leaving the area traveling at a high rate of speed. A radar lock showed the vehicle traveling 95MPH at one instance.
When the Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, that vehicle refused to comply. Traveling for several miles, the vehicle turned into a residence just north of Highway 9 and Fosters Bridge Road, traveled behind a house, through a pasture fence and into a grassy pasture for a considerable distance before becoming disabled on an embankment and fence.
The Sheriff’s Deputy in pursuit ordered two individuals from the vehicle and placed them in custody, and awaited other law enforcement officers responding to the scene. Lineville Police Officers, and an assisting Deputy were quick to arrive on the scene to assist the pursuing Sheriff’s Deputy.
Officers on the scene found that the license plate visible to the deputy in chase had actually covered the owner’s license plate for that vehicle. The covered license plated indicated the vehicle was reported stolen out of Jefferson County Alabama earlier in the day.
Arrested and charged was Richard Dustin McCay of Lineville. McCay was charged with Reckless Endangerment, Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Receiving Stolen Property 1st. The passenger of the vehicle was questioned and released without charges at this time. The investigation continues with Jefferson County Authorities. McCay remains in the Clay County Detention Center with bonds totaling $11, 000.00.
Additionally Sheriff’s Investigators have arrested two individuals related to recent burglaries and thefts in the Clairmont Springs Area. That investigation is ongoing and other persons are being sought at this time. A full report will be made available to the Times Journal in next week’s edition.
On behalf of the Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Latham thanks the Lineville & Ashland Police Departments and the Clay County Rescue Squad for their assistance in this situation. It is always comforting to know when an officer is need of assistance fellow law enforcement officers and emergency personnel are quick to come to their aid.