Police chase suspect set to appear in court
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A 27-year-old Wilsonville man who is facing 22 charges and probation revocation for allegedly leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a vehicle pursuit is set to appear in court in late February.
Matthew Roland Oakes, who lists an address on Shelby County 5 in Wilsonville, originally was set to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Feb. 2, but his court date was continued until Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Courthouse.
Oakes is being held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $23,700 after he was arrested on Dec. 28 and charged with one count of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of reckless endangerment, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, one count of second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, one count of fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, one count of giving a false name or address to a law enforcement officer, five counts of running a stop sign, one count of causing an accident involving injuries, two counts of running a red light, one count of driving with a suspended license, one count of speeding, three traffic violations and a probation revocation.
At about 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 25, Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Alabaster police officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop of vehicle in Alabaster when the suspect allegedly fled the scene in his Jeep.
After the suspect fled the scene of the traffic stop, Alabaster, Pelham and Helena police officers joined the chase, which eventually led into the Dearing Downs neighborhood in Helena.
After the suspect abandoned his vehicle near the area of Secretariat Circle and Seattle Slew Drive in the Dearing Downs neighborhood, he fled the scene on foot, launching a search of the area.
At about 10 p.m. on Nov. 26, law enforcement called off the search, but were able to identify the suspect and issue a warrant for his arrest.
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