Brundidge youth captured

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 30, 2003

Faces charges of possession of a

controlled substance

A Brundidge youth is in juvenile detention in Troy and will be transported to the diversion center in Dothan Friday.

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According to Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport the charges pending against the 17-year-old are possession of a controlled substance (believed to be crack cocaine, Davenport said), possession of marijuana, possession of tobacco products, attempt to allude, assault (second degree) and improper tag and taillights.

"The charges against the young man stemmed from an incident last Friday night," Davenport said. "Officer Christopher Brooks attempted to stop the vehicle he was driving on East Troy Street because of improper tail lights and an expired tag. Officer Brooks activated his lights and the young man refused to stop."

Davenport said Officers Andrew Hall and Charles Beasley assisted Brooks in trying to stop the vehicle.

"It was not a high speed chase," Davenport said. "The young man just wouldn't stop and didn't stop until he rammed the back of one of the police cars on Highway 10 and his car became inoperable. There were two passengers in the car and they all jumped out and attempted to run. The passengers were detained but the driver jumped the fence and got away. We had not be able to locate him until (Thursday)."

The young man was spotted by police in a vehicle at Pinckard's Gas and Food Mart on Main Street in Brundidge around 11 a.m. Thursday.

"He got out of the car and attempted to run but an officer grabbed him," Davenport said, "but he slipped out of his jacket and ran across the street, the railroad track and into the wooded area between Warsaw and East End Circle. Our officers chased him on foot and surrounded him. He hid and I talked to him. He family gave up and came out and we apprehended him at 11:14 a.m. Friday."

Davenport said Officer Beasley was injured Jan. 24 when the car the juvenile was driving rammed his patrol car from behind.

"Officer Beasley has not been able to work since his injury," Davenport said. "I'm not sure of the extent of his injuries, but he is having problems with his neck and back."

Davenport said charges against the youth could include possession with intent to distribute.