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Couple appears in court after high speed chase in Covington County


Bond was set Tuesday for an Alabama couple who led police on a high speed chase through two counties Monday night.

Jamie May, 32, of Bessemer, Al. and Margaret Bates, 29, of Hueytown, Al. were arrested in a wooded area near Sumrall after fleeing from authorities. Both May and Bates are facing 11 different counts including three counts each of felony assault on an officer.

Covington County deputies were alerted by a resident the couple was attempting to sell a chainsaw out of the back of there vehicle at Keith's Superstore in Seminary. When deputies arrived the couple took off at a high rate of speed heading toward Lamar County. Deputies alerted other agencies and they were joined in the chase by officers from the Highway Patrol, Lamar County Sheriff's Department, and Sumrall Police Department.

"When the call went out there was a pursuit going on in Covington County that was going towards Lamar County and the officers were in jeopardy for their lives," said Deputy Michael Kelly, department spokesperson. "Agencies from all over came to our aid and we can't thank them enough for being there for us."

The officers were able to force the couple on to a one way road. When the couple tried to back up, officers opened fire on the car in an attempt to disable it. The couple was not hit and they fled into a nearby wooded area where they were soon captured.

"if it wasn't for the witness coming forward and giving us the tip we wouldn't have been able to apprehend these two suspects. We don't know what kind of burglaries or drug spree they were about to go on in the Town of Seminary."

Justice Court Judge set bond for the two at $622,000 each.

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