Driver Plows Through Marion Neighborhood

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

A Marion neighborhood got a rude awakening Monday morning when police say a driver refused to stop for a Lauderdale County deputy, who was attempting a routine traffic stop.

Marion Police Chief Ben Langston said 57-year-old Bobby Ray Carlisle led the deputy through the backyards of a Marion neighborhood and then slammed
into a garage of a house that is under construction. He slammed into the back wall of the garage before police say he ran into a nearby wooded area.
Marion police were still looking for the suspect late Monday.

"The car actually almost came through the car port, or garage area, and almost made an exit out the back part through the brick," said Langston.

Two passengers were in the car. One bailed out and rolled beneath the car and was hit. Langston said she was taken to a local hospital. The other passenger was questioned and released.

Chief Langston said Carlisle fled through Texaco and Chevron parking lots before racing through back yards and around houses at speeds that witnesses say were up to 60 mph. Those same witnesses said he even went air born and nearly hit a construction worker.

"He came up through the subdivision here, as you can see through there," said Ralph E. Emerson, pointing to a spot. "Came up these people's back yards, and I was steadily watching him. I just knew he was going to hit this house right here."

"The area was pretty thick with briers and all. He got through, so we're still seeking him," Langston said.

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