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Chased by Deputies, Driver Phones His Mom to Pick Him Up, Sheriff's Office Says

The pursuit ended when the 28-year-old man tried to exit his vehicle and jump into his 67-year-old mother's car.

A 28-year-old suspect driving without a license has been captured by deputies, after trying to ram a patrol car and leading officers on a chase through Bradenton and Palmetto, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The chase ended when Bryan Johnson, the suspect, tried to exit his own vehicle and jump into a vehicle driven by his 67-year-old mother, whom he had phoned to pick him up.

Johnson faces charges that include: aggravated assault on an office, fleeing to elude, habitual driver without a license, vehicle pursuit and cocaine possession, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The following is a description of the incident:

At 12:05 a.m. Thursday, an officer saw Johnson driving a silver Honda Accord at 300 30th Avenue West. The car had a license tag not registered to the vehicle.

The officer attempted to stop Johnson, but he fled north on 8th Street West from 30th Avenue, which is a dead end.

Johnson turned his vehicle around and drove toward the deputy's vehicle, causing him to make an evasive maneuver to avoid being hit, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy initiated a vehicle pursuit for aggravated assault on a LEO.

The pursuit went through Bradenton and into Palmetto. The pursuit went north on Canal Road but ended at Experimental Farm Road, when the deputy lost sight of the vehicle.

The suspect was then spotted by another deputy who was trying to deploy stop sticks. The silver Honda was traveling north on I-75 at I-275. Johnson again fled at a high rate of speed. By this time, the Watch Unit helicopter had arrived and took over following the vehicle.

Johnson drove south on I-75 to U.S 301, where he continued west to Wal-Mart at a high rate of speed. Johnson attempted to conceal himself on the east side of Wal-Mart while the Watch Unit observed from overhead.

When patrol units entered the parking lot Johnson fled again on U.S 301 North back to I-75. Patrol units stayed back while the Watch Unit continued to follow with the FLIR. Johnson went north on I-75 and eventually stopped on the side of the road, one mile north of Moccasin Wallow after passing his mother Linda whom he had called to pick him up.

When Johnson pulled over his mother Linda stopped in front of him. Johnson exited his vehicle and attempted to enter his mother's vehicle but deputies arrived and arrested him without further incident. Linda Johnson was arrested for Obstruction.

During an Inventory of Johnson's vehicle a piece of Rock Cocaine was located on the passenger side floorboard.

Bryan Johnson has several unrelated pending cases from 2012 and the first week in January, which he ws out on bond for and that include:

Criminal Traffic HTO

Violation Pre-Trial Release

Criminal Traffic HTO

Fleeing to Elude, Habitual DWLS

Criminal Traffic HTO

CHEF JAN PEDERSON January 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM
maybe they ought to keep him in jail with his mother this time!

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