The man believed to be behind the wheel during a potentially deadly chase in which he nearly hit a deputy on foot and put countless motorists at risk was arrested Monday along with a woman charged with hiding him from deputies.
Howard Eugene Brown, 40, was found Monday around noon at a home on Miller Road in the Centertown area. The stolen car he had been driving during the chase, a Honda Accord, had been painted and was parked outside.
Brown has been hit with seven charges -- aggravated assault, two counts of theft over $1,000, reckless driving, evading arrest, reckless endangerment with a weapon, and driving on a revoked license. His bond is $220,000 on all seven charges.
Also arrested Monday was Jodi Louise Lewis, 34. She is charged with theft over $1,000 and accessory after the fact. Brown was found at her home. Lewis was questioned by law enfocement about Brown on Sunday, but said she didn't know his whereabouts.
Deputies saw the Honda Accord, painted gray since the chase, parked outside the home and figured Brown was inside. They found him asleep on the floor and arrested him without incident.
The charges against Brown stem from a Friday afternoon chase in which deputies say he showed no regard for human life. Brown was spotted in the Centertown area in a Honda Accord which had been reported stolen earlier in the day. He fled when officers tried to stop him.
“He endangered every person on the roadway with his driving,” said deputy Jared Jacobs, one of two officer in pursuit initially. “He crossed into opposing lanes of traffic at high speeds, causing vehicles to have to swerve to avoid contact.”
Lt. Cory Knowles tried to use spike strips to halt the chase and nearly got run over in the process.
“The vehicles slowed, targeted and deliberately accelerated at Lt. Knowles with his vehicle coming within inches of striking Lt. Knowles at speeds in excess of 100 mph, forcing Lt. Knowles to jump out of the way to avoid injury,” the warrant says. “The vehicle continued into the city limits of McMinnville where he again ran vehicles off the roadway prompting the pursuit to be called off due to public safety.”
The Honda Accord entered McMinnville on Nashville Highway, was able to avoid additional spike strips in the Newtown area, and reached Hardee’s on West Main Street. That’s when the pursuit was called off by police.