"Just after 11:45 p.m., today, Corporal Roger Brown attempted to pull over a white Chevy Impala that was reported stolen out of South Carolina," says a Chatham County Sheriff's Dept. spokesperson.
"The driver, 22 year-old Jahques Arkeem Rogers, failed to pull over and attempted to go around traffic, striking the curb and flattening his tire. As the deputy continued past him the suspect struck the deputies vehicle several times," the spokesperson says.
"Rogers eventually came to a stop on I-516 and both he and his passenger, 32 year-old Mychena Dawn Byrd, fled the vehicle. After a short foot pursuit both suspects were taken into custody."
A Reserve Deputy and full-time Information Technology CCSO employee, Michael Holmes, was the first to make contact with the suspect after hearing the call for assistance on the radio, taking Rogers into custody.
A stolen Glock with a 30 round extended clip was found beside the driver’s side of the vehicle, the department says. A small amount of crack cocaine, digital scales and a counterfeit 100 dollar bill were located inside the vehicle.
Both Rogers and Byrd are convicted felons and have extensive arrest records.
Rogers is being charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, fleeing to elude, aggravated assault, theft by receiving stolen gun, possession of a controlled substance, reckless driving and suspended license.
Byrd is being charged with theft by receiving stolen auto, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction by fleeing as well as bringing stolen property across state lines.