Pursuit of Homicide Suspect

The Dothan Police Department was involved in a vehicle pursuit of a suspected homicide suspect out of North Carolina who arrived in our city on a stolen vehicle. While investigating this information police located the vehicle and attempted to complete a traffic stop however the driver fled.

The pursuit traveled around Ross Clark Circle to Montgomery Highway where the suspect turned onto Cherokee Avenue, lost control and crashed into a tree sustaining critical injuries. Police on scene rendered first aid until Medics arrived and transported the driver to a local hospital. No other occupants were in the vehicle nor were any other motorists hurt.

Public Safety was our top priority today not only taking this person into custody but also in considering the motorists on the roadway. Police were actively responding to intersections ahead of the pursuit to stop motorists from encountering the oncoming danger.

The Dothan Police Department would like to say thank you to all motorists who cooperated with these emergency stops. We would also like to thank Houston County SO for assisting us. As always a special thanks to our officers that disregarded their own safety to ensure the safety of others throughout this incident.

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.

Foot pursuit updated

Update and photos… patrol has finished up on Westgate after locating the driver, narcotics, and weapons. The vehicle has been towed and the driver, Courtney Taylor, has been taken to the city jail for booking with charges pending.

Foot pursuit Updated

Update and photos…Patrol has finished up on Westgate after locating the driver , narcotics, and weapons . The vehicle has been towed and the driver, Courtney Taylor, has been taken to to the city jail for booking with charges pending.

Original post…Patrolman are working in the area of the 900 block of WestGate Park after a driver fled from a traffic stop. The driver has been taken into custody and police are doing a secondary search for a possible passenger. Some concerned citizens passing by believed this to be either a robbery or a problem involving the nearest convenience store, that is NOT the case this is a stand-alone traffic stop we have the driver in custody and will update with pictures and information quickly. Also any information that schools in the area have been locked down is not correct police feel no need to lock down schools as there is no immediate threat. Update to follow.

Drug Trafficker Jailed Following Pursuit

On 04/30/2018 as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, Vice Investigators attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of East Main Street and Sanitary Dairy Road. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit ensued through the south side of the county. Officers with the Houston County Sheriff’s Office and ALEA assisted with the pursuit. The pursuit ended at the intersection of Sealy Wells Road and State Line Road. Following the pursuit Vice Investigators executed a search warrant in the 4500 block of County Road 33 Ashford. Houston County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the search warrant.

Investigators were able to recover evidence from the vehicle as well during the pursuit. investigators have arrested and charged 46 year old Michael Patterson, of County Road 33 Ashford, with Drug Trafficking (methamphetamine), Obstructing Justice Using a False Identity, Possession of Marijuana 2nd degree, and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer. Bonds total $55,500.

All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.