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James Michael Stroud
By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
A Sylacauga man was arrested Monday when a high-speed chase ultimately ended in a wreck outside of Rockford.
It was reported that on July 10, Deputy Payton was on routine patrol. When pulling into the Mapco parking lot in Rockford, he reportedly observed an individual he knew had active warrants on him.
As the individual left the gas station, Payton initiated his blue lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver, identified as James Michael Stroud, did not stop, and a pursuit ensued.
The pursuit went on along Alabama Highway 22, County Road 152 and Hunting Club Drive, at times reaching speeds of up to 90 mph. The pursuit ended with Stroud wrecking his vehicle by a hunting club off of County Road 107.
After making contact with Stroud, Payton also reportedly found numerous firearms in the vehicle. As a convicted felon, 46-year-old Stroud of Sylacauga was arrested and charged for certain persons forbidden to carry a firearm, a felony charge, and attempting to elude, which is a misdemeanor.
Stroud was booked into the Coosa County Jail at 4:57 a.m. Monday. As of press time he is being held in the Coosa County Jail on no bond and is awaiting trial.
Anyone who observes or suspects any illegal activity is encouraged to report it to the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office at 256-377-4922 or online at www.coosacountyso.org. Anonymous tips are also welcome.