Boone County deputies said a man faces charges after stealing a Madison Police Department cruiser, leading police on a chase that reached speeds of 95 mph and forcing other motorists to swerve when he traveled in the wrong lane on U.S. 119.
Brandon Scott Vincent, 32, of Danville jumped out of the stolen cruiser and it crashed into a rock wall, according to a criminal complaint filed in Boone County Magistrate Court. Court records said he also fought with officers when they tried to arrest him.
A deputy said he was dispatched about 8:30 p.m. Sunday to assist another deputy who was pursuing a stolen Madison Police Department cruiser that was taken on Second Street while an officer was on a 911 call. Police said Vincent took off in the cruiser after they responded to the 911 call and said he needed an ambulance.
The deputy said he saw the vehicle and gave chase and lost sight of it around the Division of Highways Garage near Hopkins Road, heading northbound on U.S. 119. The vehicle was observed turning left at the Julian intersection and then turning right, continuing northbound in the southbound lane. The deputy began his pursuit with the vehicle staying in the northbound lane and other motorists swerving to avoid the stolen cruiser, the complaint said.
According to the complaint, the vehicle then crossed over back into the northbound lane at the Williams Road intersection at Hobet, and the officer pursued the vehicle passed Waterways Park with speeds of 95 mph.
The deputy said the vehicle then began to slow down erratically, and the suspect exited the moving vehicle and approached the officer’s vehicle. Deputies ordered the suspect to the ground and he complied, but he began to resist arrest when they tried to handcuff him, cursing and screaming and trying to kick the officers, the complaint said.
Deputies said the suspect did not put the stolen cruiser in park and it continued down Route 119 and crashed into a rock wall.
Vincent is charged with grand larceny and felony fleeing. He is currently being held in Southwestern Regional Jail on a $50,000 property/surety bond.