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Alabaster police release name, charges of police chase suspect

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ALABASTER - AL -

Alabaster police have named the suspect in Monday's high speed police chase as Courtney Sherrod Kennedy of Maylene. He's now charged with attempted murder, two counts of attempted assault, reckless endangerment and attempting to elude.

Police told ABC 33/40 Monday Kennedy who owed 94 thousand dollars in child support refused to stop for a traffic violation on Thompson Road. Another officer tried to pull him over on First Avenue. That's when the chase started.

Deputy Chief Curtis Rigney says Kennedy reached speeds of 85 to 90 miles per hour and ran driver's off the road before hitting a citizen's car and two police patrol units. One police officer was hit head on at First Avenue and Thompson Road, and the officer was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Kennedy then fled on foot into a wooded area between the pipeline and Independence Drive.

Alabaster and Helena Police, as well as Shelby County Sheriff's deputies, searched the area for two hours before getting a tip about a man climbing over a fence at Fox Valley Apartments in Helena. 

Kennedy was arrested at the apartment complex.

"This could have turned out a lot worse than it did" stated Deputy Chief Curtis Rigney. "He put a lot of lives in danger over an outstanding warrant and a traffic violation". "We are all just very thankful that no one was seriously injured" Rigney stated.

According to the Shelby County Sheriff's website, he also faces charges for an expired license plate and obstructing justice.  

Kennedy is being held on a 79 thousand dollar bond.