The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 4, 2014

Decatur, Limestone chase driver facing additional charges

By Jean Cole
jean@athensnews-courier.com

— More charges are pending against an Athens man who led Decatur and Limestone County authorities on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph on U.S. 31 early Tuesday, an official said.

James Cody Lindsay, 24, of 19138 New Cut Road, was already facing 11 charges Tuesday in Decatur but Limestone officials were about to add at least two more, Limestone County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy King said.

The chase began around midnight Monday when Lindsay ran a red light at Beltline Road and U.S. 31 in Decatur, according to Decatur Police Lt. John Crouch.

“The officer attempted to stop Lindsay just north of the Beltline on 31, and Lindsay sped up,” Crouch said. They went north on 31 onto Calhoun Community College property, where the driver stopped and intentionally backed into a cruiser driven by Decatur Police Sgt. Archie Letson, who initiated the chase, Crouch said.

Limestone County joined the chase at Calhoun, which is located in Decatur-annexed Limestone County. The pursuit continued on 31.

In Limestone

Limestone County Sheriff’s deputies Jamie King and Martin Evans assisted Decatur police as the chase entered  Limestone County, said Limestone Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy King.

“We attempted to use spike strips (to stop him) but he avoided them,” the chief deputy said.

Crouch said the chase continued for a short time before Lindsay stopped (on Blackburn Road in Limestone County) and surrendered.

Decatur authorities charged Lindsay with driving under the influence, second-degree possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, attempting to elude, running a red light, resisting arrest, multiple lane changes, open container, no proof of insurance, and giving false name or address.

King said Limestone County will likely charge Lindsay with criminal mischief for intentionally striking the police cruiser at Calhoun, which is in Decatur-annexed Limestone County. Decatur first has to determine the extent of damage to the vehicle.

Limestone may also charge Lindsay with attempting to elude, King said. 

Lindsay was being held Tuesday in Decatur on bail of $5,500.