18-year-old Jamel Coleman was charged with two counts aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, evading arrest, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of marijuana after police chase that involved bystanders.
On August 14th, Officer Payne watched a black 2003 BMW make two reckless u-turns and drive into oncoming traffic. Payne tried to stop the vehicle on Reese Road, but as both vehicles pulled into a gas station, the BMW continued down the street. When the BMW made a sudden stop at Dromedary, Payne pulled up next to it and attempted to approach on foot.
The driver of the BMW, Jamal Coleman, fled again, purposely colliding his vehicle into the rear of a PT Cruiser driven by Barbara Cole. Cole’s vehicle was forced off the road and into a telephone pole. She was transported to St. Frances for treatment. The chase continued to the 7300 block of Hillshire where Coleman stopped again. Officer Payne noticed that Coleman had a gun and was prompted to fire a shot at him. Coleman escaped on foot behind a nearby house but was shortly caught by officers at the 7200 block of Wild Bloom. Coleman had 2.6 grams of a leafy substance on his person that tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol. Coleman’s Glock 19 was recovered behind a residence.
Jamel Coleman was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a weapon, and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $30,000.