JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An 18-year-old man driving a stolen car was arrested late Tuesday evening after leading a rookie officer on pursuit that ended with the police cruiser crashing into a Northwest Jacksonville home, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Robert Brinson faces several charges, including DUI, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and resisting police.
About 10:15 p.m., an officer noticed a man, later identified as Brinson, driving erratically and tried to pull the car over, but the driver did not stop, Lt. John Gay said.
A police chase then began at 8th Street and Blue Avenue and stretched for about a mile until Brinson crashed into a tree at Pullman Avenue and West 13th Street, Gay said.
The officer tried to make a quick turn, but hit a house at the corner of the intersection, Gay said. One person was inside the home at the time, but that person was not injured.
After the driver crashed into the tree, he ran off, Gay said.
Shortly after, there was a confrontation in which another officer shocked Brinson twice with a Taser, and took him into the ground, according to the arrest report.
When the officer put Brinson into the patrol car, he vomited in the back seat, the report said. He was then booked into the Duval County
Investigators later learned that the car Brinson was driving had been reported stolen in a carjacking.
During a media briefing Tuesday night, Gay said that there were two passengers, including a small child, inside the car at the time, but they were unharmed. However, neither are mentioned in the arrest report.
The officer, who's been with JSO for 1 year, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Gay said.
Brinson was booked into the Duval County Jail.
Traffic homicide detectives were called to investigate, which is standard procedure.