Man who rammed police cars during chase rearrested

Published 10:21 am Monday, September 18, 2017

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – A 47-year-old Alabaster man who previously pleaded guilty to ramming several Alabaster police vehicles during a 2012 high-speed chase is back in jail and facing reinstatement of his original 10-year prison sentence after he was recently charged with attempting to pass worthless checks at a Jefferson County car dealership.


Courtney Sherrod Kennedy, who lists an address on Garden Side Drive in Alabaster, was booked into the Shelby County Jail without bond on Sept. 13 after his probation was revoked following his June 6 arrest by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Jefferson County arrest came after Kennedy allegedly wrote a $1,000 check to Freeway Honda for a down payment on a car “without sufficient funds to cover that amount in his account” on Oct. 19, 2016.

When he was arrested in Jefferson County, Kennedy was on probation for attempted assault and reckless endangerment charges brought against him by the Alabaster Police Department in 2012.

Kennedy pleaded guilty to three felony counts of first-degree attempted assault and one misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment on Aug. 12, 2014.

Through a plea agreement, one felony count of attempted murder against Kennedy was reduced to first-degree attempted assault, and charges of obstructing justice by using a false identity and attempt to elude were dismissed.

“Since being placed on probation, Kennedy’s progress has been poor,” read the motion to revoke his bond. “Kennedy has failed to report for the months of June, July and August 2017. Kennedy owes $120 in past-due supervision fees and has failed to make any payments on the $755 he owes in court-ordered monies for this case.”

If his original sentence is reinstated, Kennedy will spend the next decade in prison, according to court documents.

Alabaster police arrested Kennedy on June 25, 2012, after he led police on a high-speed chase after an attempted traffic stop.

During the chase, police said Kennedy attempted to hit a police car head-on before striking a private citizen’s car on First Avenue, causing minor damage. Kennedy then struck another police car, causing minor damage.

Police said Kennedy then hit another police vehicle head-on near the intersection of First Avenue and Thompson Road, injuring the officer driving the patrol car.

After his vehicle collided with the police car, police said Kennedy fled the scene on foot and ran into a wooded area off Thompson Road. After a two-hour search involving the Alabaster, Helena and Calera police departments and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, officers located and arrested Kennedy off First Avenue near the Fox Valley Apartments before the suspect was transported to Shelby Baptist Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.