Ag­gres­sive driver al­legedly leads po­lice on chase

Sus­pect charged with a dozen dif­fer­ent crimes

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Jenny Thompson

Bran­don Chaz Barnes, 25, was ar­rested Satur­day evening and charged with 12 dif­fer­ent crimes af­ter lead­ing po­lice on a foot chase through the woods.

Two peo­ple called the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice to com­plain about an ag­gres­sive driver, who al­legedly pointed a gun at them at a gas sta­tion on the cor­ner of Brown Bridge and Turner Lake roads.

NCSO Deputy Terry Rogers lo­cated Barnes’ ve­hi­cle at Brown Bridge and Crow­ell roads and tried to make con­tact with him.

Barnes then tried to speed away through the BP Sta­tion, nearly hit­ting three ju­ve­niles, but was blocked by an­other deputy.

He then jumped out of the 2006 white Toy­ota Camry he was driv­ing and ran into the woods across the street from the gas sta­tion.

When Barnes was ap­pre­hended be­hind a res­i­dence nearby, ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers charged him with ag­gres­sive driv­ing, reck­less driv­ing, at­tempt­ing to elude po­lice, ob­struc­tion of of­fi­cers, point­ing a firearm at an­other, ag­gra­vated as­sault, cru­elty to chil­dren, pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana, pos­ses­sion of co­caine, pos­ses­sion of drug re­lated ob­jects, pos­ses­sion of a firearm by a con­victed felon and car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon.

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