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July 17, 2014

Cops arrest Alabama murder suspect after wild chase

DUNCAN — A woman wanted for murder in Alabama was apprehended in Duncan following a high-speed chase in which an officer used the push bar on his squad car to hit her car and prevent her from hitting another officer.

Duncan Police Detective John Byers said documents found during a search of Barbara Wood’s, 45, car indicated she may have been transporting a 76-year-old man who has been reported missing.

While police were searching the car after the pursuit, they found an Alabama tag that belonged to Wood, who is wanted in a 2012 murder case in Butler County, Ala.

Police confirmed the warrant and identification with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, according to an incident report.

Duncan Police Officer Ronald Corcorran said Wood, who told him her name was Tammy Johnson, fled from Stripes convenience store in Duncan after being questioned and allegedly appearing intoxicated at the store.

Corcorran said he saw Wood’s Hyundai drive behind the store after she agreed to stay and look for identification, and attempted to stop it at the intersection of 12th Street and Bois D’arc.

The suspect turned onto Highway 7 and raced away at speeds reaching more than 100 mph after another officer took over the pursuit, he said.

“The driver lost control of the vehicle approximately one mile east of Highway 76 on Highway 7,” Concorran said.

An officer approached Wood’s car with a weapon and Wood started her car and moved toward him, so another officer hit her car to prevent it from hitting the officer, according to an incident report.

Police eventually got Wood in a patrol car.

“While on scene, she advised that her name was Barbara, but then she declined to give any more information,” Corcorran said. “She was put in the back seat of Master Officer Branch’s patrol car and she immediately started beating her head on the cage and when she was removed from the vehicle, she started yelling, ‘Just shoot me in the head.’”

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