A Toney man who led multiple law-enforcement agencies on a chase from Decatur on Monday is facing an attempted murder charge after striking a motorcycle a police officer was riding.
A press release from Decatur Police Department said officer Robbie Willis attempted to stop a motorist for a traffic violation near the intersection of Northwest Newcombe Street and Alabama 20 when the incident occurred. The driver, identified as 45-year-old Gary Bruce Locke, put his Ford F-150 in reverse and struck Willis' motorcycle while the officer was aboard.
The release said Locke then fled the scene, with multiple agencies giving chase. According to scanner reports, shots were fired during the pursuit. The chase continued north on U.S. 31 before heading east on Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road. The vehicles then traveled north up Interstate 65 before Locke exited his vehicle just after Exit 351 and fled on foot.
An officer found Locke near a Waffle House restaurant on U.S. 72 in Athens and took him into custody without incident.
After his arrest, Locke was taken to the Morgan County Jail. He remained there Tuesday with bail set at $100,000.
The release said Willis was injured but was expected to make a full recovery. DPD thanked all agencies involved in the apprehension of Locke.