According to assistant chief of police at the Wetumpka Police Department, Ed Reeves, a black male, Jahmari George, 27-years old, of Montgomery, was arrested on Wednesday, June 5, after a pursuit that began at Wal-Mart on Hwy 231 in Wetumpka and ended near Linville Funeral Home on Hwy 14 near Eclectic.
"We got a call from Wal-Mart's Loss Prevention office," Reeves said.
Before police could make contact with the suspect, George gave chase and a pursuit ensued.
"The suspect ran into the parking lot and jumped in the car,” Reeves said. “He sped off through the parking lot. We happen to have officers in the area and they saw them speeding through the parking lot and they got behind him. He refused to stop even with lights and sirens on."
WPD continued to pursue the suspect and were able to detain the individual on Hwy 14 near Linville Funeral Home. Once detained, police discovered stolen merchandise inside the suspect's vehicle.
According to Reeves, the suspect was found to be in possession of stolen merchandise from the chain store after a high-speed chase that ended without injuries.
"We recovered several stolen items, baby items, clothing, from the vehicle,” he said.
There were three other occupants in the vehicle with George during the chase. According to Reeves, no one was injured during the pursuit.
Officers with the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office and the Eclectic Police Department were also on scene Wednesday to offer assistance.