A scene of both desperation and tragedy in Huntsville, Alabama after a high-speed police chase turns into a fatality.
29-year-old Cedric Dewayne Toler was driving along US 72 near Shields Road in Huntsville when law enforcement attempted to pull over his vehicle, but he sped off.
Police pursued the vehicle for several miles where they say the 2000 model Lincoln Towncar reached speeds of over 105 mph during the peak of the chase.
At one point during the chase police say that Toler’s vehicle ran off the left side of the highway, where he then attempted to turn it back to the right crossing both lanes of the highway.
That's when he lost complete control, running the car into a ditch at such a high-speed that it rolled over several times and finally struck a utility pole.
Police say that the Lincoln literally hit the pole with such impact that it “wrapped itself around the pole”, ejecting 31-year-old Ashley Diane White from the car.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The utility pole transformer blew, dropping sparks on the car (and) catching it on fire about 10 minutes after the wreck," the crash report states. "The car caught fire from the gas leaking from the gas tank and burned the car up totally."
Toler was taken to Huntsville Hospital where the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences performed a drug screen on Toler’s blood.
Court documents which were released this past week alleged that Toler was indeed under the influence of "several controlled substances" when he "recklessly" caused White's death.
A Huntsville police officer had written in the initial crash report that Toler appeared to law enforcement be on drugs after the crash, but authorities have not made public which drugs Toler is accused of using.
Huntsville police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Ware said that Toler was arrested on a warrant for manslaughter, after the blood tests confirmed officers' suspicions of drug use during the high-speed chase that resulted in the woman's death.
Toler is now being detained in the Madison County Jail with bail set at $30,000 and a court appearance scheduled later this month.
It isn't Toler’s first run-in with law enforcement either, with him facing prior convictions for having controlled substances where he received a one year suspended sentence and granted community control as long as he avoided criminal activity.
A Prosecutor is now expected to ask for that sentence to be considered violated after the newfound charges.
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