ALEA Make Arrest in Prison Contraband Smuggling Attempt, One Suspect Dead

Clint Travis Hunley

Clint Travis Hunley

At 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday, correctional officials at the G.K. Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore reported a suspicious vehicle just south of the facility’s barrier fence with two unknown occupants inside. Officials said the vehicle fled the facility property after a male suspect tossed a package over the fence.

Investigators from the Department of Corrections pursued the vehicle along Alabama 21 and then onto Interstate 65 South.  Investigators said the suspects exited the interstate and was struck by a second vehicle.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reports that at 12:40 p.m. the suspects’ vehicle, a 1999 Toyota Avalon, collided with a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer on the off-ramp of Interstate 65 at the intersection of Alabama 59.

Thirty-six-year-old Clint Travis Hunley of Foley, a passenger in the Toyota, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver is identified as Jody Lynn Mikel, 26, of Trafford.  Mikel was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.  The driver of the Trailblazer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Jody Lynn Mikel

Jody Lynn Mikel

The package that the male suspect threw over the prison fence contained 25 cell phones, cell phone chargers, and 183 grams of synthetic marijuana.

Mikel was arrested for reckless murder and faces additional charges for prohibited activity on prison property, trafficking a controlled substance, and promoting prison contraband.

Alabama State Troopers are investigating the crash.

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