A man suspected of robbing a Calera pharmacy and a Durant liquor store was arrested Monday after a chase that ended with a crash on Platter Road.
Bobby Gene Brewer II, 42, was arrested for suspicion of armed robbery and attempting to elude police.
According to a probable-cause affidavit by Calera Police Chief Don Hyde, One Source Pharmacy on West Main Street was robbed early that afternoon and the Bryan County Communications Center broadcast that the suspect was driving a blue van.
Hyde was driving southbound on Highway 69/75 and upon approaching Platter Road, he saw a blue van turn onto the road without using a turn signal. The affidavit states the driver attempted to elude after Hyde activated his emergency lights.
The van was traveling at a high speed westbound on Platter Road with speeds reaching 92 miles per hour. The van then went airborne over railroad tracks and the driver tossed what appeared to be a shirt out the window.
According to the affidavit, the driver lost control of the van on a 90-degree curve and it left the roadway, striking numerous trees before coming to rest slightly on its side. Hyde asked the driver if he was okay and the driver then said, “I’m coming out.”
The man, later identified as Brewer, did not appear to be injured and complied with Hyde’s commands. The affidavit states that Brewer said he did not stop because he has warrants for his arrest.
Smoke then started emitting from the van and it caught fire from under the hood. Calera Fire-Rescue arrived to put out the fire.
Brewer declined medical treatment and was taken to the Calera Police Department to be questioned. Hyde and Assistant Police Chief T.J. White then went to One Source Pharmacy where they were told a man entered the business and said he was there to pick up someone’s prescription.
The affidavit states he then brandished a black-colored firearm and said he wanted Xanax and Oxycontin pills. The clerk first thought it was a prank and she asked him who put him up to this. He then said it was not a prank and ordered her to put the medications in the bag. She filled the bag with medications and the man then grabbed the bag and fled the store.
White then questioned Brewer, who admitted to robbing the pharmacy, attempting go get away from police and throwing a backpack that contained the pills out the window. He also said the gun he used was a BB gun and that he threw it out the window.
Officers found a backpack that contained numerous large bottles of prescription pills. Brewer was booked into the Bryan County Jail, and the District Attorney’s office will be reviewing the affidavit to determine charges.
Durant Police Detective Drew Hale said Brewer is also a suspect in the Monday robbery of a liquor store located on North 10th Avenue off West Main Street. Hale said a man walked in, demanded money and then left. That robbery remains under investigation.
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