SHEFFIELD — A Florence man remains in jail after police said he stole a truck early Sunday morning and then ran from police.
William Hodges, 23, 809 E. Mobile St., Florence, is charged with first-degree theft of property, driving while under the influence, reckless endangerment, attempting to elude and various traffic violations, authorities said Monday.
Police said Hodges is accused of taking a truck from a business on North Raleigh Avenue in downtown Sheffield.
Sheffield police detective Chad Carruth said the truck was parked outside O’Malley’s club on North Raleigh Avenue.
“The owner went out to start his car about 2:15 and let it warm up,” Carruth said. “He came out five minutes later to leave and the truck was gone.”
Carruth said the man called police and an alert was issued.
“A few minutes later, the truck, a 2002 F-150 Ford, was spotted going south on Nathan Boulevard,” Carruth said.
He said when officers tried to stop the truck, the driver didn’t stop but drove down Jackson Highway and on to Birmingham Street.
“A short time later, just behind the troopers post, the driver slowed the truck down and jumped out with the truck still going,” Carruth said. “The truck rolled to a stop and wasn’t damaged.”
He said the man ran and after a short foot chase was caught by officers Shawn Fields and Nikki Inman.
Carruth said at the time of his arrest, Hodges was intoxicated and charged with DUI.
He said the truck was returned to the owner.
Hodges was in the city jail without bail Monday.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757.