A man accused of leading Samson Police officers on a chase and injuring them Tuesday has been released from a local hospital and faces multiple charges across various jurisdictions.
According to Geneva County Sheriff Tony Helms, his deputies guarded Chris Milton at a local hospital until the mid-morning hours Wednesday, when he was released into Covington County’s custody. Helms said Milton will face charges stemming from the chase in Geneva County but noted Covington County already had a warrant issued for Milton.
Helms added Milton was out on bond on another charge in Covington County at the time of Tuesday’s incident and has violated his parole from the New York justice system.
The chase began early Tuesday evening after someone identified a vehicle that had been reported stolen on a Facebook page earlier that day. Helms said the post appeared on a Florala-area buy-sell-trade page.
Samson officers intercepted the vehicle, and the driver led officers down Alabama Highway 52 before turning onto Alabama Highway 54, according to a WTVY News 4 report. The chase ended on James Johnson Road, a dirt road off Alabama Highway 54, but not before Milton allegedly hit several police vehicles – including one head-on.
According to a Facebook post from Samson Police Chief Jimmy Hill on the Samson Police Department’s page, one officer suffered a broken collarbone in the incident. All three officers were treated at a local hospital for their “minor” injuries but were released late Tuesday night.
Samson City Councilman Roger Baine said the Samson Police Department had six vehicles before Tuesday’s incident. Councilmembers were in a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night and had heard preliminary information regarding the incident.
The timing allowed the council to authorize Hill and the town’s mayor to make the necessary moves needed to ensure the police department has enough operable vehicles and enough personnel moving forward. Baine noted some arrangements had already been made regarding the department’s vehicle fleet.