Eluding Justin Blake Higginbotham In Head On Collision With Sheriff Vehicle
On Tuesday, Cullman County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputies and Investigators responded to a Cullman e911 call concerning a stolen car in the West Point community.
After receiving multiple citizens generated reports, CCSO Investigators went to an address where they located an abandoned, stolen vehicle from Arab. This vehicle was believed related to the West Point subject in question.
Investigators continued to follow up on tips that ultimately led them to the Vinemont community where they located the suspect.
At that point, Deputies and Investigators attempted to make a traffic stop on the suspect who was driving the stolen car from the West Point area.
The subject then fled. He led law enforcement agents on a pursuit through the streets and roads of Vinemont. The pursuit ended near Vinemont High School.
The suspect struck two CCSO Investigators vehicles, one of them head on, at that location.
The collision disabled the suspect vehicle.
One CCSO investigator involved in the wreck was taken to Cullman Regional as a precaution. He was released a short time later.
Cullman County Sheriff Office (CCSO) Investigators arrested at the scene:
JUSTIN BLAKE HIGGINBOTHAM (25) of Eva
Higginbotham was charged with:
• Receiving Stolen Property – 1st Degree
• Resisting Arrest
• Attempting to Elude
• Unlawful Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
• Two counts of Receiving Stolen Property – 3rd Degree
Higginbotham is currently being held at the Cullman County Detention Center. Bond is set at $17,500. More charges may be pending.
Sheriff Matt Gentry weighed in afterward:
“First of all, I am just glad that the deputies, investigators and the public are safe. This suspect had no regard for his life, the deputies’ life, or the public’s safety, as he was driving very dangerously in this stolen vehicle.
I commend the deputies and the investigators on a great job on this case. They worked all afternoon following tip after tip to locate the suspect and the stolen car. Also, they did a great job in containing the suspect, ending the pursuit safely once he started acting so dangerously.”
Vinemont High School
image by CCSO Communications Drirector Bradley Williams