Man sentenced for Pelham police chase

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 21-year-old Birmingham man will spend the next five years on probation and must pay more than $25,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to leading Pelham police on a high-speed chase in January.



Carlos DeAndre Mines, who lists an address on Wedgeworth Road in Birmingham, pleaded guilty to felony charges of attempted first-degree assault and first-degree theft of property during a March 19 hearing at the Shelby County Courthouse.

Charges of attempt to elude and first-degree criminal mischief were dropped against Mines through a plea agreement.

Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Dan Reeves accepted prosecutors’ recommendation to sentence Mines to a total of five years of supervised probation.

Reeves also ordered Mines to pay $8,727.36 to the city of Pelham, $14,910.93 to a pair of individual victims and $1,535 to Wheeler Wrecker. Mines must also avoid initiating contact with the victims in the case.

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.

First-degree theft of property is a Class B felony and carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years in prison. First-degree attempted assault is a Class C felonies and carries a maximum possible sentence of 10 years.