Pelham police chase suspect appearing in court
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
COLUMBIANA – A 21-year-old Birmingham man who has been charged with allegedly leading Pelham police on a high-speed vehicle pursuit is set to appear in court in mid-March after a public defender was appointed to represent the suspect.
Carlos DeAndre Mines, who lists an address on Wedgeworth Road in Birmingham, is set to appear in Shelby County Circuit Court on March 19 at 8:30 a.m. During a Feb. 25 hearing, Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves appointed a public defender to represent the suspect.
The Pelham Police Department charged Mines with felony counts of first-degree theft of property, first-degree criminal mischief and first-degree attempted assault and a misdemeanor count of attempt to elude law enforcement after the suspect was taken into custody on Jan. 14 in Jefferson County.
Mines’ arrest came after he allegedly stole a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche from the J and R Food Mart on U.S. 31 in Pelham before leading police on a high-speed chase on Interstate 65 from Pelham to downtown Birmingham. According to police scanner traffic on the night of the pursuit, the chase topped speeds of 100 miles per hour on I-65.
During the pursuit, Mines allegedly struck a Pelham police vehicle with the Avalanche, causing $2,500 in damages to the police cruiser.
When Mines was arrested on the Pelham charges, he was out of jail on bond for second-degree theft of property and third-degree burglary charges brought against him in Jefferson County in December 2014.
In the Jefferson County charges, Mines allegedly stole two PlayStation video game consoles, a television and a jacket from a victim during a Dec. 17, 2014, burglary.
On Feb. 18, Mines was transported to the Jefferson County Jail for a bond revocation hearing on his two December charges.
After the Jefferson County hearing, Mines will be transported back to the Shelby County Jail, where he is being held on bonds totaling $60,500.
First-degree theft of property is a Class B felony carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. First-degree attempted assault, criminal mischief and theft of the property are Class C felonies and, if convicted, Mines could face up to 10 years for each offense.