Three people were taken into custody, two on felony charges, following a pursuit of a vehicle which fled an accident scene concluded on East Beckham Street where officers from city, county and state agencies were called to assist after a crowd surrounded the vehicle.The incident started just before 5 p.m.Monday when officers were notified of a wreck on South Broadway Street at Posey Lane involving two vehicles. The driver of a black four door car drove away without stopping as required by law.
Sulphur Springs Police Patrol Officer Jameison Hawkins spotted a black four-door Pontiac Grand Prix with front end damage traveling north on Mockingbird Lane. Hawkins activated the overhead lights on his patrol car and attempted to catch up with the car, which he believed to be the suspect vehicle. Hawkins followed the car as it turned onto Elm, then Whitworth and East Beckham streets before stopping. Sheriff’s Sgt. Tanner Crump joined the chase at Bill Bradford Road.
When the car quickly became surrounded by a crowd of people, officers called for back up. Several deputies, police and troopers responded.
The driver, lated identified as Michael James “Bubba” Brooks, was ordered out of the car at gunpoint and “taken to the ground,” then arrested for felony evading arrest and accident causing more than $200 worth damage.
Another man at the location, 17, of Sulphur Springs kept walking toward Brooks’ vehicle. He was told several times by officers to leave and back off, but refused. When he reached into Brooks’ car to try to remove the keys from the car, Crump took the teen into custody for interference with public duties, the officer noted on arrest and offense reports.
A woman at the scene, identified as Lakeisha Gail Thomas, became a problem when she refused to hand over a cell phone officers saw Brooks hand to her out the window of the patrol car.
When another bystander took the phone from the woman and gave it to police, Thomas became enraged, according to offense reports by police.
At that point, Brooks began banging his head against the window of the car, damaging the frame. An officer went to open the door, but it was locked. So, SSPD Sgt. Mitch Griggs leaned in the passenger side to unlock the door. As he was doing so, Griggs was struck in the upper back, causing pain. Griggs turned around and found himself face to face with Thomas, the officer noted in an offense report.
At that point, Griggs “took her to the ground,” and arrested the 18 year-old Sulphur Springs woman for assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony offense, police reports state.
All three people were taken to jail, the teen for interference with public duties and Thomas for assault on a public servant.
In addition to the felony evading arrest or detention in a vehicle charge and the misdemeanor charge for accident with damage to vehicle, Brooks was also charged at the county jail with criminal mischief for the damage to police vehicle.
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