Convicted felon charged in Mountain Brook police chase, crash

Saturday, 25 November 2017, 02:47:24 AM. Eric Devaughn McAlpine, of southwest Birmingham, is charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and attempting to elude.

McAlpine.JPGEric Devaughn McAlpine in October 2017 

A 24-year-old convicted felon has been charged following a chase in a stolen vehicle and crash in Mountain Brook.

Eric Devaughn McAlpine, of southwest Birmingham, is charged with first-degree receiving stolen property, certain persons forbidden to possess a pistol, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and attempting to elude, Mountain Brook Police Chief Ted Cook said Friday.

The incident began about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when an officer was running radar on Montclair Road near Ramsey Park this afternoon. The officer clocked a car traveling east on Montclair Road from the Carlisle Road side at around 55 mph. He got behind the car and ran the tag through dispatch. It came back stolen out of Irondale, the chief said.

About the time it came back stolen on the radio, the driver took off at a high rate of speed heading towards Eastwood. As the stolen car tried to negotiate the curve on Montclair between Cresthill Road and Hoadley Drive, he lost control of the vehicle, struck a power pole on the right-hand side of the road, then crossed five lanes of traffic, hit the curb, went down an embankment and flipped the car on its roof.

The suspect - now identified as McAlpine - fled on foot between two houses. Other responding officers found him on Cresthill Road, a short distance from the crash site, and took him into custody. Birmingham police assisted in the arrest and worked the wreck.

McAlpine refused medical treatment by Birmingham Fire and Rescue. Cook said two handguns were recovered from the scene of the crash.

Court records show McAlpine has multiple previous arrests for drug, property and violence crimes. In 2013, he pleaded guilty to felony robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with three years to serve. He also has previous arrests for assault and domestic violence.

He was arrested less than two months ago on charges of theft, burglary and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. In that case, he was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on Oct. 24, and released Oct. 30 after posting $28,000 bond.

Earlier this year he was arrested, charged and later indicted on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. Charging documents say the crash happened in February and lists four victims.

McAlpine on Friday was being transported from the Mountain Brook City Jail to the Jefferson County Jail. His bond on the new charges is set at $22,800.

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