UPDATE 04/12/2022 6:35 p.m. – The Russell County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a suspect involved in a police chase earlier in the day on Tuesday.

According to officials with the sheriff’s office, Eric Lamar Person was arrested on April 12, 2022, following a pursuit that began in Phenix City and ended in Columbus.

Officials said Person lost control of the car he was driving and hit a utility pole on 13th Avenue near Hannan Elementary Magnet Academy in Midtown.

Following the crash, officials said Person tried to flee the scene on foot but was caught after just a short distance with the assistance of K-9 officer Xito.

Person was taken to Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital after the crash. Officials said he was treated for dog bites.

Person is currently in custody in Georgia, where he will be charged with Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Cocaine), Possession of Marijuana, Burglary and Probation Revocation in Georgia.

He will be extradited to Alabama on charges Bringing Stolen Property Into the State, Attempting to Elude and Reckless Endangerment.

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — A police chase that started in Phenix City just before noon ended in a Columbus crash of a suspected stolen vehicle and one man in custody, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells News 3.

Russell County deputies tried to stop what they suspected was a vehicle reported stolen in Columbus. The driver led deputies on a chase over the Oglethorpe Bridge and into Columbus.

Columbus authorities did not join the chase, Taylor said. It ended on 13th Avenue near Hannan Elementary Magnet Academy in Midtown.

The driver was taken into custody. Columbus Police and the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office were working at the scene.