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Driver arrested after Alabama 20 wreck

By Holly Hollman
DAILY Staff Writer

hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

When Theresa Hall of Limestone County heard screeching and realized the car behind her was not stopping, she thought to herself, "It's all over."

Hall escaped involvement in an accident Saturday.

But from her rearview mirror, Hall witnessed a wreck in which the driver fled after his car flipped and landed upright in the median on Alabama 20 in Decatur-annexed Limestone County.

Decatur police arrested the driver, Alexander Cabrallo, no age or address available, after about an hourlong search.

Hall, who was westbound and west of the Conoco and Raceway service stations, said the wreck happened around 3 p.m. as she was slowing down.

"The person in front of me put on their brakes, so I was looking in my rearview mirror as I applied my brakes," Hall said.

"The guy in the car behind us wasn't stopping. I swerved and saw him flip."

Beer bottles, cassette tapes and car parts littered the median. What appeared to be a Georgia Bulldogs cap rested on the hood of the battered car, which had a Morgan County tag.

Searched the woods

Johnny Stamps, a chaplain for Decatur police who was helping direct traffic, said police searched a wooded area west of the Conoco for the
driver.

Decatur EMS took a passenger to Decatur General Hospital but did not have his name. Decatur Fire and Rescue also did not have the passenger's name.

A firefighter said the passenger could not speak much English.

A motorist notified an officer at the wreck scene about seeing a Hispanic male walking near a fireworks stand west of the accident site.

The officer arrested Cabrallo behind the fireworks stand about 4 p.m.

His charges were not immediately available.

Police spokesman Lt. Dennis Hughes said the officer took the driver to Decatur General for treatment before taking him to jail.

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