Monday, September 22, 2014

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Man Charged With Stealing Truck, Leading Deputies on Chase in Butler Co.
By Brittany Bivins


A man is behind bars in Butler County, after Sheriff Kenny Harden says he led deputies on a chase through the woods.

Antonio Beverly is now in the Butler County Jail. But not before Sheriff Kenny Harden says he stole a truck, crashed it, fired at deputies, and led them on a foot chase around the woods off East Dogwood Trail near Georgiana.
 
"Nothing like this happens around here, so you know, it was kind of weird that it happened so close to this neighborhood," said Bryant Hallford, who lives in the area.

"It was rough out in the woods with the brush as thick as it is, the K9 officers traveled a long way. We had about five miles here, and we had it blocked off and kept running back and forth," said Harden.

Harden says Beverly was armed and shot at officers.

"It is dangerous. anytime a suspect's got a gun, we don't know him, he's not from here, we don't know what's on his mind," said Harden.

But less than four hours later, deputies tracked down Beverly, where he was hiding in a pond. Harden says Beverly told them he'd thrown away the gun. Harden says it's the best end to a dangerous situation.

"It is. Anytime you get the bad guy caught and no one's hurt, that's good," Harden said.

Neighbors like Bryant Hallford are happy about that, too.

"Oh, I'm relieved about that. I'm relieved. Glad that's over," Hallford said.

The Butler County Sheriff's Office, Atmore K-9 Team, Department of Public Safety, Alabama State Troopers, Covington County Sheriff's Office, Second District Drug Task Force, Conservation Office and Georgiana Police Department all assisted in the search.