Dora suspect in custody after chase in county
by Rachel Davis
Jun 14, 2013 | 3418 views | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dora police arrested Boonie Franklin Hill, 46, of Empire, on Thursday following a chase through the city and a foot pursuit through the woods near the Cullman County line.

At approximately 4 a.m., a Dora police officer on patrol saw an SUV driving on Sharon Blvd. near city hall without headlights.

As the officer attempted to pull the car over, the driver allegedly pulled into a driveway on Sharon Blvd. When the officer pulled in behind the vehicle, the driver allegedly put the vehicle in reverse and rammed the police car.

Police said the driver then drove through the yard and struck a garage on the property before fleeing down Sharon Blvd. toward U.S. 78.

The chase proceeded down Sharon Blvd., across U.S. 78, down Hull Road, onto Sipsey Road, down Old Town Road and finally on Campbellville Road before the suspect pulled into a church cemetery and abandoned the car. The suspect ran into the woods and Dora police called for assistance and tracking dogs.

Donaldson Prison responded to the call and brought tracking dogs to the scene. Officers from the Walker and Cullman County sheriff’s offices, Sumiton Police Department and Cullman City Police Department responded to assist Dora officers in the ground search.

Hill was eventually apprehended on Campbellville Road after a foot chase that spanned more than three miles. Dora Police Chief John Duchock said Hill was arrested without difficulty or incident.

“We’d like to thank the Department of Corrections, which responded quickly with their tracking dogs, the Walker and Cullman County Sheriff’s Offices and Cullman and Sumiton Police for assisting us in this arrest,” Dora Police Chief John Duchock said.

In addition to the original traffic offenses, Hill will be charged with second degree assault from ramming the police car with a vehicle, attempting to elude, resisting arrest, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Dora police are also investigating whether or not Hill had permission to be driving the vehicle, which was not registered to him.

Duchock said that Hill was wanted in Jefferson County on felony warrants with “no bond” orders on them. He is also wanted in Cullman municipalities on various charges. Hill may also be facing a bond revocation from Walker County.

This was the second chase in two days for Dora police, and the third person charged with attempting to elude. All three suspects were taken into custody.