Four arrested following chase in Nauvoo

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Four people were arrested on Wednesday after a burglary investigation resulted in a car chase and manhunt in Nauvoo.

Caleb Jody Key, 24, of Nauvoo, was charged with felony obstructing justice using a false identity, resisting arrest and attempting to elude. Key also had warrants with the Winston County Sheriff’s Office and the Jasper Police Department. 

Wesley Daniel Hernandez, 37, of Nauvoo, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and attempting to elude.

Jeremy Lee Beard, 27, of Nauvoo, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and attempting to elude.

Amanda Lawrence Jennings, 36, of Carbon Hill, the driver of the vehicle, was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and attempting to elude.

Investigators with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office were in Nauvoo on Wednesday investigating a recent burglary.

Investigators Bridges, Key, Reid and Parkhurst attempted to do a traffic stop on a vehicle believed to be connected to the burglary suspect. The vehicle fled, leading investigators on a lengthy chase throughout Nauvoo. 

The driver was captured, but other individuals had jumped out of the vehicle during the chase.

Other deputies, along with the K-9 and Narcotics Divisions, responded to the area to look for the other individuals.

While searching for other suspects, Deputy Austin Swanigan encountered a wanted individual who fled on foot into the woods. Swanigan chased the suspect for almost a mile before losing sight of him.

The Department of Corrections (DOC) K-9 Tracking Unit was called for assistance. The DOC K-9 tracking dogs were able to track to a home in Nauvoo where the suspect had gone into someone’s home under false pretenses while trying to evade capture.

The suspect was taken into custody. He then gave a false identity using the name of a person who had warrants with Northport Police Department and Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators then determined the suspect was Key. 

All subjects were taken to the Nauvoo substation, where they were picked up by corrections deputies.