3 brothers arrested following 2-county police chase with shots fired

From left: Jacob Brawner, Joshua Brawner and Christopher Brawner. The brothers were arrested and charged after a police chase that spanned 50 miles and two counties
September 30, 2013 11:04:25 AM PDT
A dangerous police chase that zipped through two counties Sunday afternoon came to an end with the arrest of three brothers.

The 50-mile chase started around 4pm on Beltway 8 at Dell Dale and ended about 30 minutes later at the Eastex Freeway service road at Wallis Street in Montgomery County.

In that half hour, authorities say the suspects fired a shot at a citizen and tried ramming into a patrol car, which prompted a deputy to open fire at the suspects.

Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies were first called to a report of a man discharging a shotgun from a silver-colored, late-model Cadillac. While searching for the car, deputies spotted it in a parking lot at First and Market Streets in Baytown.

Two HCSO units pulled behind the vehicle, and a Dep. J. Ricamore ordered the driver to get out of the car. According to officials, the suspect instead put the vehicle in reverse at a high rate of speed. The front of the vehicle struck Ricamore in the upper leg.

Investigators said Ricamore, in fear of being run over, discharged his weapon at the vehicle and struck it three times. The Cadillac fled from the parking lot with deputies in chase.

The suspects went north to Interstate 10 east, then west towards the 610 Loop where deputies said they saw the suspects throwing drugs from the vehicle.

The men then traveled north on to Highway 59. As the chase entered Montgomery County near Kingwood, the Houston police joined in the effort to stop the men.

Deputies deployed spike strips. The suspects tried to drive around one strip and lost control of their vehicle, crashing into the feeder road.

After the car crashed, the three brothers got out and ran into a nearby wooded area. HCSO and HPD K-9 units started tracking the suspects, and officials said all three were taken into custody after an exhaustive search.

A shotgun was found in the vehicle.

Jacob Brawner, who turned 19 the day before the incident, was charged with assault with bodily injury on public servant, evading detention and evading in a motor vehicle. Joshua Brawner, 22, was charged with evading detention. And Christopher Brawner, 24, was charged with tampering or fabricating evidence.

Ricamore was treated and released by EMS at the scene.

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