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Tarrant man arrested after chase that began in Pinson

By Gary Lloyd

JEFFERSON COUNTY — A Tarrant man is behind bars after he led multiple agencies on a two-county chase that began in Pinson.

Just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop near the intersection of Sweeny Hollow Road and Center Point Road. The driver of the 2001 Ford F-150 ignored signals to stop and accelerated south on Center Point Road, said Jefferson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jack Self.

Joseph Poe III
photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

A check of the tag on the vehicle revealed that the truck and the tag had been reported stolen, Self said. The suspect led deputies on a pursuit that traveled south on Interstate 59 to Tallapoosa Street and then north on Highway 79 to near the intersection of Highway 79 and Highway 231.

Birmingham police, Tarrant police and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office assisted at various points during the chase. As the pursuit entered Blount County, deputies there began preparing to deploy spike strips to deflate the tires on the truck, Self said. Near the intersection of Highway 231 and Highway 79 the truck ran over a set of spike strips that flattened three of the tires. The truck continued a short distance onto Highway 231 before the suspect lost control and spun out, Self said.

He was taken into custody and then to the hospital to receive treatment for minor injuries received when the truck came to a stop.

Joseph Poe III, 41, of Tarrant, is charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, third-degree receiving stolen property and resisting arrest. He is being held without bond.

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