Investigation continues on 30 mile Chase Early Sunday Evening

A suspect wanted by Clay County Sheriff’s Office led multiple agencies on a chase covering just under 30 miles through two counties.

On Sunday Evening, March 18th, Clay County Authorities received a possible sighting of the suspect and vehicle description. Neighboring County Deputies were notified and were provided that description. Sheriff Latham and Lineville Police Investigator Chris Mathews proceeded to an area where the suspect was believed to be in.

After some hours of surveillance, a vehicle fitting the description was spotted traveling just inside Randolph County. Surveillance continued with Cleburne County Deputies being notified the suspect vehicle was entering Cleburne County. As Cleburne County, Alabama State Troopers and Clay County Law Enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle just inside Cleburne County, the suspect vehicle fled, leading authorities though parts of Cleburne and Clay Counties.

After just under a 30 mile chase, the driver of the suspect vehicle lost control at the intersection of Fosters and East Mill Roads. Two occupants, one identified as John Ross McCay, age 25 of Lineville, wanted by Clay County Officials was apprehended.  Although McCay received minor injuries in the accident, he was treated, then transported to Clay County Hospital by Clay County Rescue Squad (CCRS) where he was checked and released.

McCay was then booked into the Clay County Detention Center on charges of absconding probation from a previous drug charge& unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. McCay remains in the Clay Detention Center without bond. The driver received more extensive non-life threating injuries. He also was treated by CCRS and airlifted to an area hospital for treatment.

Due to the on-going investigation at press time, that name has not been released. A special thanks to Lineville Police Patrol & Investigative Division, Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA),Trooper Division, area agency dispatch centers, Clay County Rescue Squad and Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies. “Again when faced with difficult and dangerous circumstances, our law enforcement personnel teamed together and worked flawlessly to apprehend the suspects. Thank you for your professionalism and dedication to serve and protect our citizens of this great county” states Sheriff Latham.


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