MANATEE -- A 28-year-old man facing multiple traffic-related charges led deputies on a lengthy pursuit in Manatee County early Thursday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. The chase ended with the arrest of the driver, Bryan Johnson, and of his mother for allegedly trying to help him flee.
The chase started about 12:05 a.m. when a deputy saw Johnson driving in a silver Honda Accord in the 300 block of 30th Avenue West. The deputy learned that the license tag was not assigned to the car and knew that Johnson had a suspended driver's license so he attempted to make a traffic stop, according to the report.
The deputy tried to stop Johnson, but Johnson fled north from 30th Avenue West on Eighth Street West, which is a dead-end street. When he came back out, Johnson aimed his car at the deputy's vehicle, forcing him to take evasive action, according to the report.
The chase continued, eventually leading to Palmetto, where deputies in the sheriff's office helicopter saw Johnson try to conceal himself on the side of the Walmart store on U.S. 301. When patrol units entered the parking lot, Johnson again fled towards Interstate 75.
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He went north on I-75, stopping on the side of the road about one mile north of Moccasin Wallow Road. As he got out and tried to enter a vehicle driven by his mother, Linda Johnson, 67, deputies arrested the pair, according to the report.
Bryan Johnson faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude, habitual driving with a suspended license and possession of cocaine. Linda Johnson faces a charge of obstruction, according to the sheriff's office.
Bryan Johnson was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail. Linda Johnson was being held on $750 bond.
At the time of his arrest, Bryan Johnson was out on a bond on numerous traffic-related charges -- including fleeing to elude, according to the report.