High Speed Chase Leaves a Montgomery Man in Jail

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

A damaged fender and a broken windshield are the only things damaged on 38-year-old Gregory Lawon Debardelaben's vehicle, after leading police on a high speed chase Tuesday night.

Tammy Strickland, a friend of the victim said, "He was driving home and the car just came up and hit him and then the car went flying into the woods; it messed his truck up pretty bad."

Authorities say Debardelaben robbed both the Family Dollar on Montgomery Highway and Big Lots.

An off duty officer heard the suspect’s description and began following the vehicle.

He then radioed other officers, who attempted to make a routine traffic stop, and that's when the chase began.

Dothan Police Department Lt. David Jay said, "The suspect clashed his vehicle, at which time he got out and ran through the woods; [a] short time later, officers were able to take him into custody."

Debardelaben was the only one who sustained injuries.

He was taken to Flowers Hospital where he was later released into Dothan Police's custody.

Authorities say this wasn't his first robbery.

"He does have a prior criminal history, we're checking now with several agencies,” Lt. Jay added. “He's from Montgomery, so we're working closely with them."

Debardelaben has been transferred to the Houston County Jail with a million dollar bond.

Debardalaben had his first appearance in court on Wednesday.

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  • by Friend Location: Montgomery on May 8, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    I am hurt to hear this but i am always hear for you because it just do not seem right to me that the lord would let you do something like this
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