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UPDATE: Opelika suspect in high speed chase and crash identified

The home where a police chase ended in the suspect crashing into the home.  (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM) The home where a police chase ended in the suspect crashing into the home. (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM)
(Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM) (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM)
(Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM) (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM)
(Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM) (Source: Elizabeth White/WTVM)
Jotavious Brontae Rowell. (Opelika Police Department) Jotavious Brontae Rowell. (Opelika Police Department)

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - An Opelika mother says her family was awakened by a person crashing a car into their home during a police chase early Friday morning. 

Police were reportedly chasing a suspect when he hit an object on the curb and veered into the home of Cassie Crane Batley and her family.

The incident happened around midnight on 2nd Avenue and 17th Place on Friday, according to Batley.

Batley said the suspect's car just barely missed the bedroom where her 12-year-old daughter was sleeping. Batley also said that the suspect fled the car and allegedly held her neighbors at knife point, but they kicked him out of the home. 

Batley said none of her family members were injured. 

The Opelika Police Department said the crash began on Pepperell Parkway near the city limits and were working to assist the Auburn Police Department. 

The suspect has been identified as 31-year-old Jotavious Rowell, of Opelika. He  has been arrested by OPD for first-degree burglary . 

The charge stems from Rowell entering an occupied home while he was being chased on foot after the crash. 

Auburn Police attempted to stop Rowell as he was driving a blue Ford 500 for an equipment violation near Pepperell Parkway and 24th Street, when the chase began. 

Rowell was booked into the Lee County Jail. There are further charges pending.. Check back for more updates.

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