Man allegedly leads cops on chase, damages patrol car

A local man faces charges after allegedly attempting to flee from city police.

After leading police on a brief car chase, the man allegedly jumped out of his car and failed to put it into park, which sent it careening backward into a patrol unit, authorities say.

Charles Edward Brown, 26, of 1775 Randall Circle, has been charged with one felony count of fleeing a police officer, misdemeanor counts for DUI, reckless endangerment, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct and 14 summary traffic violations.

According to court records, on March 30, Brown was driving in the city, when officers allegedly watched him fail to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Nottingham Road and Westminster Drive.

Officers briefly followed Brown’s vehicle and were about to initiate a traffic stop, when Brown allegedly took off down Westminster Drive. He would lead police on a pursuit along Lincoln Drive, Clayton Avenue, Tinsman Avenue and, eventually, to Randall Circle, records state.

Brown allegedly drove two loops around the circle, before turning back onto Lincoln Drive. After he realized he was driving the wrong way down a one-way street, Brown returned to Randall Circle, where he exited his vehicle and fled on foot, authorities say.

However, Brown allegedly failed to put his vehicle into park. His Chrysler PT Cruiser traveled in reverse, hitting a city patrol unit, records state.

After another patrol unit arrived to offer assistance, officers managed to tackle Brown and arrest him.

Brown, who waived his preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman on April 8, was released on $15,000 bail.