Local Man, Teen, Held After Weekend Police Chase

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MART (September 2, 2013)—A Mart man remained jailed Monday morning in lieu of bonds totaling more than $67,000 after a car chase Saturday night in Mart following which both he and a teenager were arrested.

In the process of stopping the fleeing car a Mart police vehicle was damaged in a collision.

Therence Deshon Briscoe, 35, was charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, endangering a child, resisting transportation, aggravated assault of a police officer, criminal solicitation of a minor and public intoxication, jail records showed Monday morning.

The 15-year-old who was driving the vehicle also was detained in the Bill Logue Juvenile Justice Center, but because of his age his identity was not made public.

According to Mart Police Chief David Monthey, the pursuit started just before midnight on Saturday when an officer noticed a vehicle swerving and driving erratically.

Monthey says when the officer tried pulling the car over, it didn't stop and the officer gave chase.

The officer pursued the vehicle for about seven blocks before another Mart police officer was able to bring the suspect's vehicle to a stop using his patrol car, but was rear-ended in the process.

According to Monthey, the passenger in the vehicle appeared to be drunk and had told the teen "don't stop," when the officer initially tried to pull the vehicle over.

A 3-year-old child was in the backseat of the car and wasn't wearing a seatbelt.

Therence Briscoe was arrested at the scene.

Both the teen and Briscoe were taken to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for evaluation before being taken into custody.

The car the teen was driving was totaled, but little damage was done to the police car.

The 3-year-old was placed in the care of his mother and reportedly has no injuries.