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Joy ride ends with arrest

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Brandon P. Brady
A joy ride turned ugly Friday evening.

Late Friday evening, reports started coming in to the Clay County Sheriff's Department regarding a grey Jeep Cherokee driving through people's yards in the area of County Road 1200 North (Rio Grande Road).

"We were getting 911 calls about someone driving through yards and parking by houses in the area," Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Brazil Times. "Nobody knew who he was."

In an attempt to locate the vehicle, Clay County Deputies Brad Hardey and Brison Swearingon were dispatched to the area as was Carbon Town Marshal Ron Keen.

Eventually, Keen spotted the vehicle driving away from a residence. As he attempted to perform a stop, the driver refused and gave pursuit.

After a short pursuit, where Hardey and Keen boxed the vehicle in, the driver of the vehicle, identified as Brandon P. Brady, 19, Vigo County, put it into reverse, slamming into Keen's squad car.

According to reports, Brady then drove forward, crashing into Hardey's patrol car, before Keen pulled forward blocking Brady's vehicle in to prevent further damage.

The CCSD report stated officials removed Brady from his vehicle.

He was later taken to St. Vincent Clay Hospital and asked to submit to a toxicology test. While at the hospital, according to reports, Brady admitted to using methamphetamine and stated he had been up for five days.

Heaton said Brady is being held at the Clay County Justice Center on a $25,000 cash bond.

Brady was preliminary charged with two class B felonies of aggravated battery, one class D felony of criminal recklessness, one class D felony of resisting law enforcement, one count of misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, one class D felony of methamphetamine possession, one class D felony of possession of a syringe, one class A misdemeanor county of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, one class D felony of operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction within five years, one county of refusing to submit to a chemical test, one misdemeanor county of trespassing and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief.

In addition, another homeowner in the area called in a report of property damage the next day.

Upon arrival, officials discovered tracks through the yard similar to tracks left by the Jeep and a window of the homeowner's truck had been busted out.

"We believe he was involved in this also," Heaton said. "He did have a baseball bat on his lap when deputies arrested him."

Heaton said this incident is still under investigation.

It was estimated that Hardey's squad car received $2,600 in damages while Keen's totaled $3,000 in damages. Keen's patrol car also had to be towed away from the scene.

"We've had things like this happen before," Heaton said. "This is the third squad car that we've had damaged this year due to people involved with drugs."

Estimated property damages were not known.

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Wow!!! Throwing down and gauntlet and calling out the Lion!!!! This could be really good or really ugly.

-- Posted by madman36 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 6:48 AM

Someone needs to call out the Lion!!! Who in the world ever hung that handle on this fertilizer spreader anyway. The Lion....WOW.

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 10:18 AM

My gosh kids like this really need to grow up.

I'd say part of his punishment should be working in shackles for a qualified landscaping company (of the owner's choice) as he helps FIX what he damaged. Making the punishment fit the crime would deter these kinds of crimes.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 10:56 AM

Weird....Mr. Thall's initial post, the one I repsonded to, has been removed.

-- Posted by madman36 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 12:51 PM

That shouldn't surprise ya madman. Happens all the time, to others also.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 10:32 AM

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