Crash on East Burdeshaw

A Dothan Police Officer traveling on East Burdeshaw Street witnessed a vehicle coming towards him lose control and crash entrapping the driver and catching on fire. Within seconds two additional officers arrived to assist and were able to extinguish the fire. Dothan fire department responded and the patient was able to be taken to a local hospital for further treatment. The extent of the driver’s injuries are unknown but a preliminary investigation reveals the driver may have been under the influence at the time of the crash. Further charges may be pending following the investigation.

Moderate injuries treated following crash involving juveniles

The Dothan Police Department is on the scene of a crash involving moderate injuries in the 2300 block of South Oates Street.

Two vehicles were involved in a crash during which a van occupied by 11 juveniles overturned.

Parents and guardians of all children involved have now been notified and have arrived on scene. Four juveniles have been transported to a local hospital for further treatment.

A preliminary investigation has revealed the van was being driven by an unlicensed juvenile, age 14, at the time of the crash.

Members of the crash team, patrol and juvenile division are on scene to further investigate in accordance with our policies and will work closely together. Further charges may be pending.

We would like to remind our citizens to observe all aspects of the law regarding seat belts, passenger occupancy, and requirements of drivers on Alabama roadways.

We would like to thank the Dothan Fire Department for top-notch services on this call. While police communicated with parents and began the preliminary investigation DFD triaged and treated 13 patients. We are thankful for the dynamic partnership, training and practice public safety demonstrates as one to work through situations such as this.

Dothan Police Investigating Crash Involving Cyclist

On July 28th, 2019, at about 8:35 PM, Dothan Police responded to a crash involving a passenger car and bicycle in the 2600 block of Flynn Road.  When police arrived, it was determined the cyclist was travelling West on Flynn Road when it was struck from behind by the car.  The car then left the scene.  The cyclist received serious injuries during the crash.

The Dothan Police Department is requesting anyone with information, concerning this crash, please contact the Dothan Police Department at (334)793-0215 or Crimestoppers at (334) 793-7000. The Dothan Police Department will stringently guard and protect the identities of all those who wish to help in an anonymous capacity.

UPDATE: Traffic Fatality

On April 5th, 2019, the Dothan Police Department’s Crash Team responded to a traffic fatality at W. Main Street and North Woodburn Drive.  After the completion of the investigation, charges have been filed against white male Christopher Britt Hamm, 45 years of age, of Dothan.  Hamm has been charged with one count of Manslaughter ($60,000 bond), and one count of Assault 1st Degree ($60,000 bond).   Hamm was also charged with Driving Under the Influence at the scene of the crash.

Hamm has been processed and transferred to the Houston County Jail. All persons are innocent until proven guilty.

Traffic Fatality Press Release

On April 5, 2019, at approximately 11:20 P.M., the Dothan Police Department responded to the intersection of West Main Street at North Woodburn Drive after receiving information of a crash with injuries.

Investigators with the Dothan Police Department’s Traffic Division responded to the scene due to the severity of the crash. Through preliminary investigation, it has been determined a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, traveling west on West Main Street, collided with a 2014 Ford F150 that was traveling on North Woodburn Drive.

The driver of the Ford, Richard Lane Williford, 57 yoa of Dothan, Alabama, succumbed to the injuries received during the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Houston County Coroner’s Office. The passenger of the Ford was transported to a local hospital with critical injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence and transported to the Dothan City Jail. More charges are pending following the completion of the investigation.

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our condolences to the Williford family in their time of loss.

Steven L. Parrish Chief of Police

Traffic Fatality Press Release

On April 4th at 3:00 AM, Dothan Police were dispatched to a vehicle accident in the 6800 block of W. Main Street.  A single vehicle was travelling East on West Main Street and left the roadway causing the vehicle to roll numerous times.  The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver has been identified as 40 year old Kyle Pehrson, of N. Park Avenue, Dothan.

The crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Crash Team.

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Pehrson family.



Steven L. Parrish

Chief of Police

Crash causes power outage

A vehicle crash In the 1000 block of John D. Odom Road has caused a power outage. Please use caution if you are driving in the area as police, fire, medical and utilities units are on scene.

If you are without power please be careful if you were using any appliances (especially your stove) when the power failed. Be sure and turn off any appliances that may have been operating when the power failed.

Pursuit and road closure

The Dothan Police Department is working an active crash scene at Ross Clark and Kelly we asked motorists to please avoid the area as there are major closures and delays on Ross Clark Circle. There is an ongoing investigation of this crash and multiple criminal acts that preceded involving one of the vehicles. We ask the public to understand that there may be as many as four scenes to investigate leading up to the area we now stand so we ask for patience and understanding as we have members of patrol, investigations and traffic working diligently to find answers.

Traffic Fatality Press Release

On July 5th at 7:31 AM, Dothan Police responded to a serious motor vehicle crash involving two vehicles in the 2400 block of E. Saunders Rd.  The two vehicles were both travelling in opposite directions on Saunders Rd. when they collided head-on.  Samuel Arthur Armstrong, 70 of Cottonwood, was pronounced deceased at the scene.  There were no other injuries.  The vehicle crash is being investigated by the Dothan Police Department Traffic Division.

The Dothan Police Department would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Armstrong family.