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Man arrested with burglary tools after trying to elude police


News Staff Writer

A 63-year-old Atmore man was arrested October 17 on several charges after he fled from police who were investigating a reported burglary.
According to Atmore Police Department reports, officers were sent to a residence in the 200 block of South 21st Avenue at approximately 10:30 p.m.
When they arrived, they learned that the suspect, later identified as Jackson Stallworth, was “blacked out in his vehicle” in an adjacent cotton field.
The property owner said he had watched on his game cameras as Stallworth walked around the property, apparently “casing” the area.
Reports show that when Stallworth saw the officers approaching, he turned on his headlights and turned his vehicle around, then “accelerated at a high rate of speed” from the cotton field and onto 21st Avenue.
He attempted to turn onto Airport Road but lost control and struck a utility pole. In a last, desperate attempt to get away, Stallworth tried to drive away from the crash but only made it a short distance before his vehicle stalled.
He was taken into custody without further incident and is charged with one count each of possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and third-degree criminal trespass.
According to the Escambia County Detention Center, he remained in the facility late Friday, October 21, without bond.
Alabama State Troopers reportedly investigated the traffic-accident aspect of the incident.