Here are a few of the criminal law stories that have recently occurred around the state of Alabama:
- An Alabama woman who led cops on a high-speed chase through two states that ultimately ended with an officer losing a leg in Georgia now faces even more charges, according to authorities. Leigh Wooten allegedly stole an air compressor from a home in Fort Payne and led the officers on the chase, which continued as she ran over Major Tommy Bradford in Trenton, Georgia, as the officer was trying to lay spike strips in the road to stop Wooten's vehicle. The Times Free newspaper confirmed that Bradford, who works for the Dade County sheriff's office in Georgia, lost his leg. In addition to multiple charges in Georgia, Wooten faces a dozen more charges in Alabama including five counts of attempted assault of an officer, burglary, attempt to elude law enforcement, tampering with physical evidence, criminal littering, reckless endangerment and numerous traffic violations. The chase finally ended at the Dade County Courthouse square, and Wooten was taken into custody there.
- A customer at a Shelby County Raceway gas station on Highway 280 was shocked to allegedly discover a card skimmer on a credit card terminal. This past Wednesday, Johnny Chergotakos went into the station and swiped his card at the counter terminal. He noticed the terminal was "loose" and upon tugging at it, the face fell off, much to the shock of both Chergotakos and the store employees. The employees and Chergotakoas immediately called police to investigate the instance while Chergotakos got a hold placed on his card and encouraged the workers at his company, who also frequent the Raceway, to do the same. A similar incident occurred at Marathon gas station in Madison County last month and seems to be a common crime spreading across the country known as "bluesnarfing."
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