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November 20, 2013

Updated: Suspect named, charged in car chase near Pinson where shots were fired

PINSON — A suspect has been charged in a long car chase through much of northeast Jefferson County, during which a sheriff's deputy fired a shot at the driver for trying to run over him.

Jason Robert Crocker, 36, from the Center Point area has been charged with attempted murder, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest. Crocker also had an outstanding warrant in Baldwin County for failing to appear on a unlawful manufacture of a controlled substance.

According to the sheriff's office, a white Lexus driven by Crocker was pulled over on Alabama 79 between Pinson and Locust Fork, near the Blount County line. The Lexus pulled over on the shoulder of the opposite lane, and while the deputy waited for opposing traffic to clear, the driver sped away.

The deputy gave chase but lost the trail. The Lexus was later located a few miles away on Sharon Church Road and was stopped by another deputy, but Crocker tried to run over the deputy as the latter was exiting his cruiser, investigators said. The deputy fired a shot to try to stop the suspect, who got away again.

The chase resumed on Alabama 79, where the driver evaded spike strips deployed to stop him. He went through parts of Pinson on his way to Clay, where he was finally caught on Old Springville Road.

Crocker is held without bond in the Jefferson County Jail.

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