Alabama man killed in police chase begun over red light violation

Published 9:29 pm Thursday, February 20, 2020

An Alabama man was killed Thursday morning after losing control of his motorcycle in a police chase started after he allegedly ran a red light.

Tab Kennedy Waddell, 32, was driving a 1998 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crashed into a guardrail on US-43, news outlets reported.

Florence Police Deputy Chief Mike Holt said an officer saw Waddell run a red light on his motorcycle and attempted to pull Waddell over. Waddell didn’t stop when the office turned on his lights and sirens, so a chase ensued, Holt said.

Waddell later crashed into a guardrail and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“It’s an unfortunate ending to a police chase,” Holt said. “We never want them to end that way.”

Holt said it appears the officer followed department policy. The officer’s name wasn’t immediately released.

State troopers are investigating the crash. Further details on the crash weren’t immediately released.