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Juneau man boots mother from vehicle and swerves at officers, police say

  • Author: Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO
  • Updated: November 14, 2016
  • Published November 14, 2016

JUNEAU — A 23-year-old man threw his mother from a vehicle on Hospital Drive around midday Saturday, then led authorities on a chaotic and brazen pursuit across town and back, police said.

Facebook user Richard Koddi Moe posted this video of a speeding vehicle swerving into the median of Egan Drive toward a police officer on foot. The officer was trying to use a spike strip to pop the vehicle's tires. The officer darted out of the way.

The Juneau Police Department identified the driver as Cecil Trent Yeisley of Juneau. In a news release, the department said Yeisley also drove aggressively at an oncoming patrol vehicle out the road, rear-ended another marked patrol car at the McNugget intersection, crossed the Egan Drive median to try to strike another police car in an oncoming lane, and drove against traffic down Egan.

According to the release, he had been fighting with his mother, who was trying to get him to accept medical help. Online court records show Yeisley had been in mental health court proceedings in Juneau as recently as October. The proceedings were related to past criminal charges and probation violations.

The pursuit eventually ended near where police reported it began. Police say Yeisley returned to the Hospital Drive area and fled on foot into the Ethel Lund Medical Center, where he surrendered at Taser-point.

Police were seeking four felony assault charges against Yeisley and a fifth felony charge for failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer.

This article was republished from KTOO.org with permission. 

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