Car chase ends in arrest, injuries

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Selma times-Journal

A chase through East Selma on Wednesday resulted in a single-car accident that left a woman in critical condition at Vaughan Regional Medical Center and two men with lesser injuries.

The accident resulted in the arrest of Michael Jerome Sturdivant, 36, of Selma. Officers filed charges of harassment, theft of property third and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Authorities also wrote citations for attempting to elude police officers, driving without a license and reckless driving.

Sturdivant is being held in the Dallas County Jail without bond. He was on probation for a felony conviction and his being held for probation violation, authorities said. The state probation office is forbidden from giving out information about those under its direction.

The accident occurred Wednesday morning after Selma police officer Ronald Jones attempted to pull over the driver of a tan and white Chevrolet Equinox after receiving a report that a shoplifting suspect had left Winn-Dixie on Highland Avenue.

Selma Police Sgt. Johnny King said Jones knew the suspect and the vehicle, spotted it, and then turned on his lights to pull over the SUV at Dedman Street and Water Avenue.

“The driver would not stop,” King said. “He took off on Jones for seven or eight blocks.”

As the SUV approached the railroad tracks on Water Avenue, the car flipped. A female passenger, who was not identified, was ejected from the car. She was taken to the medical center, where she remained late Wednesday afternoon.

Sturdivant and a male passenger suffered minor injuries. They were treated and released from the medical center’s emergency room.

Authorities did not identify the passengers in the SUV because they were not charged with any violations.