An off-duty Prattville police officer was arrested on drug charges Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery following a car chase.
Christopher Eldridge, 35, of the 600 block of Wisteria Lane in Prattville, was charged with possession of a controlled substance in addition to misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, said Maj. Huey Thornton, a spokesman for the Montgomery Police Department.
Thornton said the controlled substance was crack cocaine. Eldridge also was issued “several” traffic citations, according to Thornton.
Eldridge allegedly was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Impala the wrong way in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85, Thornton said. A Montgomery police officer tried to pull him over, but he led police on a chase, he said. The pursuit never exceeded 50 mph, he said.
Police pursued Eldridge as he exited the interstate at Day Street and went through downtown Montgomery to Atlanta Highway, Thornton said. When the chase neared Greenwood Funeral Home on Lincoln Road, the pursuing patrol car tapped the back of Eldridge’s vehicle, which spun out, Thornton said.
Eldridge then became combative with officers and was hit with a Taser, Thornton said. He was taken by ambulance to Jackson Hospital for treatment, Thornton said.
BHAM Cop Fired for Sodomy, Sex Abuse
A nine-year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department was fired today following his arrest for sodomy and sexual abuse.
Steve Drummer, 44, was booked into the Jefferson County Jail about 7:30 tonight. He is facing bonds totaling $70,000 on charges of first-degree sodomy and sexual abuse.
According to a Birmingham police news release, a 20-year-old woman reported being sexually assaulted close to 10 p.m. Sunday in western Birmingham.