Driver Strikes Home During High Speed Chase

A Selma man is facing a long list of charges after he lead Selma Police on a brief high speed chase with a stolen vehicle through the city limits Sunday morning.

Around 10:45am, an officer stopped a Ford Explorer on N. Sumner Street near W. Oak Street.  The officer approached the vehicle but the driver of the SUV refused to roll down the windows. The SUV sped away from the traffic stop quickly reaching speeds on residential streets of 70mph in a 25mph zone.  During the pursuit, the SUV jumped the railroad tracks on W. Railroad Street with the pursuing officer noting the stolen vehicle went 10 feet or more into the air.

After running several stop signs, the driver, identified by police as Jamal Davis Allen, 20, of Oriole Court, attempted to turn from S. Sumner onto W. Noble Street but was traveling too fast and slide into the front yard of a home, crossed over W. Watson Street then struck the front of a house while traveling at an estimated 50 mph at impact.

Allen reportedly jumped and ran from the SUV but was caught a short time late on S. Pollock Street (US 301).

The SUV was later determined to have been stolen from Charlotte.  Allen was charged with numerous offenses including fleeing to elude arrest, hit and run, possession of a stolen vehicle and damage to property.  He was jailed under a $150,000 bond.

No one inside the home was injured. Damage to the residence was estimated at $20,000. Damage to the stolen vehicle was placed at $14,000.