Fugitive Captured after Attempt to Flee on Stolen ATV

Publish Date: November 7, 2016
Written by: Brittany Sharp
Categories: News

Birmingham, AL 11/07/2016

William Justin Cole

William Justin Cole

33-year old William Justin Cole of Forestdale was arrested for an outstanding warrant after leading deputies on a chase while riding a stolen ATV.

Just after 12:30 yesterday afternoon deputies received information indicating that Cole was at a home in the 3500 block of McConnell Lane in Forestdale. Cole was known to have an outstanding felony warrant for drug possession. He left the residence before deputies arrived, but they were given a description of the vehicle he was driving.

A deputy soon located the vehicle at a gas station. Cole was inside the store. When he came out and spotted deputies he fled on foot. Deputies lost sight of him in a backyard but soon found him as he drove by them on a stolen ATV. Cole drove the ATV along Coalburg Road to I-22 where he got onto the interstate. Deputies followed. Cole left the interstate and attempted to drive up a steep embankment where he lost control of the ATV and wrecked. He was arrested and transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. After being treated and released from the hospital he was transferred to the Jefferson County Jail.

Deputies learned that Cole had broken into a garage and stolen the ATV in an attempt to escape.

Cole remains in the Jefferson County Jail on the original charge of Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance. He has no bond. Additional charges of Burglary 3rd Degree, Theft of Property 1st Degree and Attempting to Elude are expected.

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