ODENVILLE — A Birmingham man driving under the influence caused an accident involving an Odenville police officer last week. The accident involved three vehicles and happened Jan. 19, at about 2:30 a.m.
Boyd Wilson, 27, was arrested by Alabama State Troopers and taken to the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City, where he was later released.
Right after the accident, Boyd ran into woods off U.S. 411. The St. Clair Correctional Facility Dog Team was called out to search for Boyd.
Odenville Police Chief Adam Pardue said Officer Glen Walton was on duty when a BOLO came from central dispatch about a suspected drunk driver headed north on 411 from Moody.
“Walton went to Bowling’s BBQ to wait on the vehicle,” Pardue said. “When the vehicle passed by, Walton pulled in behind him. Wilson was going about 20 miles per hour when he crossed the yellow line and struck a vehicle that was headed south. That vehicle spun around and struck Walton’s patrol car head-on.”
Pardue said Wilson then fled the scene on foot, and that’s when the dog team was called in.
“The dogs tracked him for about 90 minutes, and that’s when he just came walking up out of the woods to where his car still was,” Pardue said. “That’s when he was arrested by state troopers. According to the state trooper, Wilson thought he was in Birmingham.”
The driver of the vehicle that hit Walton got out of his car to check on the officer.
“Walton was hurting and couldn’t move,” Pardue said. “He messed up his back and arm.”
Walton was taken to University Hospital in Birmingham by Regional Paramedic Services. Pardue said he was released later that night, but is still seeing the doctor this week for more tests.
“I believe he will make a full recovery,” Pardue said. “ The good Lord was watching over him and the family in that other vehicle. We were fortunate no one was killed.”
St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor said Wilson has been charged with driver under the influence and operating a vehicle without insurance.
“I anticipate other charges as soon as the Alabama State Troopers’ investigation is complete,” Minor said.
Minor said the initial court date is April 4.