According to information provided by Brazil City Police Department, the incident happened around 12:30 a.m., Saturday.
With lights and sirens activated on the patrol cruiser, Sgt. Dennis Archer and Patrolman Clint McQueen were on their way to provide assistance to the Clay County Sheriff's Department when they witnessed a white pick up truck "doing donuts" in the parking lot of the Kennedy's Crossing Bingo Hall near the intersection of County Road 900 North and Kennedy's Crossing.
As the truck exited the parking lot, Archer said he had to take evasive action to get out of the way of a head-on collision, which forced him off the roadway.
The pick up truck struck the police cruiser's mirror on the driver side before it continued northbound on Kennedy's Crossing.
Archer turned around to pursue the vehicle, which allegedly sped up and disregarded a stop sign at CR 950 N to get away until the driver lost control of the vehicle at CR 975 N. The vehicle spun around several times, went into a field and then struck a utility pole before returning to the road and stopping in the middle of downed power lines.
Although the two officers told Stephen R. Slack Jr., 39, Brazil, to not to get out of the vehicle due to the power lines, he got out anyway.
Officials said Slack was apparently unable to stand, walk or talk coherently, who, after being taken into custody, allegedly vomited and passed out in the patrol car.
According to officials, an unidentified female passenger stayed inside the wrecked truck for approximately 30 minutes until Duke Energy was able to arrive on the scene and safely secure the power lines.
She was treated for minor injuries by TransCare personnel and later released.
Slack was also treated for minor facial injuries at the scene, but he refused to be transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for further treatment.
Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce confirmed to The Brazil Times that Slack was taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking. Slack was preliminarily charged with resisting law enforcement, habitual traffic violator, criminal recklessness, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. Pierce confirmed citations for driving left of center and disregarding a stop sign were also written for Slack's involvement in the incident.
Jail officials confirmed Slack remains incarcerated on a $10,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed) to await further court proceedings.
The minor damage to the patrol car, according to Pierce, if repaired would be less then the current $1,000 deductible on the insurance. However, Pierce said it was a possibility that Slack's insurance company would be contacted regarding the liability.
Meanwhile, Pierce said a second police cruiser was also recently damaged.
While traveling to work Monday morning, Sgt. Dave Archer's police cruiser was struck by a deer attempting to cross the roadway.
The deer struck the rear left panel of the cruiser, but Pierce said the vehicle could still be used.
"It's out on patrol today," Pierce said about the damaged cruiser. "It's just one of those weird things."