Two dirt bikers involved in a chase with Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office deputies last Saturday afternoon may have been the same ones involved in a chase with another deputy the previous day.
Deputies were unable to catch the dirt bikers.
The two bikers are each wanted on charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and failure to stop at a stop sign, according to an incident report filed by Deputy Brandon Towe.
Shortly after 1:30 p.m., Deputy Samuel Robinson received a radio call from a dispatcher about two motorcycles racing along Marion Street. Towe said in his report that he went to the area to assist Robinson.
Towe said as he was about to approach the intersection of Thompson Street and Vinson Highway that he spotted two dirt bikes, one red and white and the other yellow and white, come off Thompson Street and turn onto Vinson Highway.
“Neither of the dirt bikes stopped at the stop sign of Thompson Street and Vinson Highway,” Towe said. “I initiated my blue lights when the yellow and white dirt bike attempted to turn onto Barnes Avenue.”
Towe said he blocked the entrance of Barnes Avenue with his patrol car and that the drivers of the dirt bikes accelerated inbound onto Vinson Highway.
It was at that time that the deputy alerted a dispatcher that he was in pursuit.
The deputy said it was raining heavily at the time and he described traffic at the area of the chase along Vinson Highway as moderate.
During the chase along Vinson Highway, Towe said the dirt bikers recklessly passed other vehicles while driving in the center turn lane of the roadway.
The dirt bikers later turned onto Horne Avenue, which caused several motorists to have to slam on their brakes and take other evasive actions to avoid them.
Towe said due to weather and traffic conditions, and the dirt bikers’ driving, he decided it best to terminate the pursuit.
The two deputies stayed in the area looking for the dirt bikers for a while but never saw them again.
Towe said Deputy Sgt. Jerome Roberts was involved in a pursuit with two dirt bikers in the vicinity the previous day. The dirt bikes matched the description as the ones that were pursued on Saturday.
“This pursuit also began in almost the exact same location and was discontinued due to reckless driving,” Towe said.
Anyone with information about the identity of the dirt bikers is asked to call the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 478-445-5102.