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11/29/04

Two Arrested Following Chase

The chase down Highway 17. The chase down Highway 17.
Police wrestle Jackson to the ground. Police wrestle Jackson to the ground.

A routine traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase early this morning, and it was all caught on tape, exclusively by WTOC. It all started on Ogeechee Road and ended miles away on West Victory Drive near Hodge Elementary School.

Two officers were on their way home, when they pulled over a Blazer for driving too slowly. Minutes later, it turned into a pursuit.

Police pulled over the driver 29-year-old Mary Brown and her passenger, 26-year-old Yusef Jackson, both of Savannah. Police say Brown admitted to not having her license and started yelling racial slurs at the officers.

"Officers asked them to step out of the car they refused to do so and rolled up the window on the officer's arm and tried to drive away," said Savannah-Chatham police spokesman Bucky Burnsed.

That's when the chase began. Brown drove from Highway 17 and didn't pull over until reaching West Victory. Police eventually arrested her, but the problems didn't stop there. Jackson wouldn't get out of the car, even after officers tried to coax him out.

"They asked him to put his hands behind his head, but he wanted to fight with the officers," said Burnsed.

It took about seven officers to get Jackson under control. Police say the chase and confrontation could have been avoided.

"The only charge they would be facing originally is driving without a license," Burnsed said.

Now Mary Brown is facing many charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer and fleeing. Jackson is being charged with two counts of obstruction. Savannah-Chatham police say it is too early to tell if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the chase.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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