JPD Tahoe damaged in the line of duty
by Elane Jones
Jul 04, 2012 | 1020 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
One of the JPD’s new Tahoes was the only thing injured in the line of duty Wednesday night during a car chase that ended with three people being taken into custody. Photo by: Elane Jones
One of the JPD’s new Tahoes was the only thing injured in the line of duty Wednesday night during a car chase that ended with three people being taken into custody. Photo by: Elane Jones
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Patrol officers with the Jasper Police Department’s third shift began their Fourth of July night in an unusual manner when their first call turned into a car chase that ended in a head-on collision, three arrests and minor damage to one of the department’s new vehicles.

Jasper Police Captain Mike Clark said Wesley Dickerson, 19, Kendric Evans, 22, and Ralonte Swain, 19, all of Jasper, were all taken into custody Wednesday night after the vehicle they were reportedly riding in struck one of the Jasper Police Department’s new Chevy Tahoes head-on following a car chase through the Frisco community of Jasper.

All three men are currently being held in the Jasper City Jail on charges of first-degree possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute.

“Patrol officers Greg Brown and Joey Darty and Sgt. Mitch Jones did a really good job. They began their shift in an unusual manner. they left the building before roll call was even over to respond to a call regarding some shots fired and that call turned into a car chase,” Clark said. “To begin the shift with a car chase has happened, but it doesn’t happen very often. In the 20 years I’ve been with the Jasper Police Department, I can only recall four times that it’s happened.”

Clark said the chase went down several streets in the Frisco community before it ended in a head-on collision in an alleyway.

“Officer Brown had turned down an alley in an effort to get out in front of the suspect vehicle, but they turned down the same alley and hit Officer Brown’s vehicle head-on,” Clark said. “There were reportedly four people in the car, which I believe was a Nissan, but one got away.”

Clark said two of the four suspects fled the scene on foot, but Brown was able to apprehend one of them a few minutes later. Two of the suspects remained in the vehicle and were immediately taken into custody by Darty and Jones.

“The grill bars we have on the front of the department’s new Tahoes and several of our other vehicles did exactly what they were meant to do, keep our officers safe,” Clark said. “Jasper Police Detective Sgt. Betty Smith also responded to the scene and collected evidence found in the suspects’ vehicle. She recovered several baggies of marijuana as well as three weapons.” 

Clark and Smith said thankfully none of the officers or anyone else was injured during the chase and further charges are expected to be filed against Dickerson, Evans and Swain.