Miss. man's death investigated in NW Alabama

By The Associated Press

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Authorities in Colbert County are trying to determine what caused the death of a Mississippi man they say ran from sheriff’s deputies during a routine traffic stop.

Colbert County officials say 47-year-old Timothy Dale Hale of Tishomingo, was found about 150 yards from the truck in which he was a passenger Monday night west of Cherokee.

Hale was pronounced dead at the scene by Colbert County Coroner Carlton Utley, who transported the body Tuesday to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences in Huntsville for an autopsy.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is conducting the investigation into Hale’s death.

Officials say Hale was a passenger in a truck deputies attempted to stop for improper lane usage.

Reports indicate the driver would not stop immediately and deputies followed it until it came to a halt. They say Hale and another man jumped from the truck and ran, according to reports.

State troopers say deputies found Hale unresponsive and called for help, but medical personnel were unable to revive him.