Man arrested after chase, vehicle fire


A Parrish man is facing multiple charges after leading police on a high-speed pursuit Thursday afternoon that ended with his vehicle catching fire. 

Ralph Lynn Cain, 58, of Parrish, is charged with attempting to elude, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of marijuana, according to Cordova Police Chief Nick Smith.

According to Smith, the chase began when Assistant Chief Tony Reid encountered Cain traveling at a high rate of speed on Horse Creek Boulevard in Cordova. Cain reportedly failed to stop at the four-way intersection near River Road, almost striking another vehicle and nearly flipping the one he was driving.

Cain made a U-turn and drove back up Horse Creek Boulevard to Cook Boulevard, where he turned around and then proceeded down Amory Avenue to Cordova-Parrish Highway, Smith said. 

At the four-way intersection in Parrish, Cain stuck another vehicle on the passenger side while attempting to pass it. Cain's car caught fire several hundred yards away on Parrish-Oakman Highway, he said. 

Cain and the driver of the second vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, he said. 

According to Smith, Cain has an extensive criminal record that includes several prison terms. In 2010, he was charged with attempted murder after trying to run over Smith, who was then chief of the Parrish Police Department.

Cain plead guilty to felony assault and served five years in prison, according to Smith.