Mobile chase ends with crash on I-65 in Atmore

Published 2:57 am Monday, June 11, 2007

By By Adam Prestridge
Atmore Police Department and Poarch Police Department officers were poised for two bank robbery suspects as they approached the Escambia County line Wednesday afternoon.
According to officers, APD chief Jason Dean was prepared to stop the subjects as they crossed county lines, but a Mobile Police Department officer slammed into the getaway car, ending the 50-mile high-speed chase at Exit 57 on Interstate 65 near Atmore.
The suspects were later identified as William Corey Seltzer, 26, and Crystin Robinson, 25, both of St. Louis. According to MPD, the couple used a note to rob Commonwealth Bank on Spring Hill Avenue shortly before noon.
Following the robbery, Seltzer and Robinson led officers on a three-county chase in a their getaway car, a Pontiac Grand Prix with Mississippi plates, north on Interstate 65 and at times exceeded 100 mph. The chase ended at the 57-mile marker near the Poarch Band of Creek Indians reservation.
According to Escambia County sheriff Grover Smith, who was also at the scene of the crash, Dean assisted Mobile police officers during the apprehension of the robbery suspects. The couple was charged with first-degree robbery and transported to the Mobile County Metro Jail without bond.
According to published reports, local FBI agents said the robbery was the 13th bank or credit union robbery this year.
Officers with the Atmore Police Department and Poarch Police Department, as well as, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Mobile Police Department and Mobile Sheriff’s Department as the chase entered Escambia County. More than 25 law enforcement agents were at the scene of the accident. The Alabama State Troopers Office and FBI were also involved in the investigation.
No one was injured during or following the chase.

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