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Stranger follows woman from Mobile to Saraland in stolen car at 4 a.m.

(image: WPMI) Stranger follows victim from Mobile to Saraland in stolen car at 4 am

A terrified mother is speaking out to NBC 15 after a man followed her and her son across city lines in a stolen car.

The mother wants to hide her identity but make her story known.

“I've seen stories on TV but I never thought it would happen to me,” the mother said, adding “I was frightened. I was like someone’s going to kill me.”

The victim was driving her son to work at 4 am, as she always does, when bright high beams started shining in her rearview mirror alerting her something wasn't right.

“He kept coming down the road behind me and I thought maybe something was wrong. I slowed down to try to let him go around me,”

She tried slowing down and even pulling over on the median but still couldn't shake the driver.

“I called the police. I was nervous,” the mother said, adding “I said ‘I don't want to get off the phone with you [to the operator], she said you don't have to. I’m going to get you some help.’”

Police say calling and sticking on the phone with 911 was this mother’s first step in the right direction. Then she coordinated with the emergency operator and headed straight to the Saraland police department parking lot.

“They came. it wasn't one, it wasn't two, it wasn't three- i was like 7 of the cars, the police came,” the mother said.

Heading straight to the Saraland police parking lot led officers directly to her follower and this mother and her son to safety.

Police identified Jack Edward Norton as the man who followed the mother. He told police he was following the car because he thought he knew the driver. However, the mother says he’s a stranger and she’s never met him before.

“I can’t believe he said that. You don't follow somebody like that if they aren't pulling over,” the mother said.

Saraland police officers arrested Norton because he was driving a 2008 black Lexus sedan stolen out of Mobile. Norton is charged with receiving stolen property in the first degree.

Saraland Police Department’s public information officer wants all drivers to call 9-1-1 if you feel that you are being followed. He suggests heading to your closest police precinct or a heavily populated and illuminated location like a 24-hour convenience store.




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