Some ex-cons try to keep a low profile after getting out of prison. Others go a different route -- in this case, a route that allegedly involves driving a stolen car, ramming a police cruiser, and leading authorities on a foot chase.
Michael Brandon Hall, 27, who was released from prison earlier this year after serving nearly 10 years on a variety of charges, was arrested again Friday and charged with more than a dozen crimes, including at least five felonies, according to a Savannah Morning News report.
According to the report, Hall was driving a stolen gray Mazda when the car rammed into a police cruiser at about 3 a.m. Friday near an International House of Pancakes on Victory Drive in Savannah. Authorities were already looking for the car and its occupants, who were implicated in an earlier disturbance involving weapons.
Police say that after ramming the cruiser, Hall sped away, driving west in eastbound lanes with his headlights off in an attempt to elude police. He finally lost control and rammed into a utility pole, then fled the car along with three other occupants.
Police say they saw Hall throw a gun into a yard during the foot pursuit. The gun was later recovered and found to be loaded and cocked with a round in the chamber, according to the Morning News.
Police finally caught up with Hall and placed him under arrest. Charges against him include aggravated assault on a police officer, fleeing to elude an officer, driving under the influence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to the Morning News.
Police are still searching for the other three occupants who fled the scene. A fourth occupant remained in the vehicle after it crashed. He told police that he did not know Hall or any of the others in the vehicle, claiming he had simply paid them $5 for a ride home from a nightclub.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident. Anyone with information on the case should call the CrimeStoppers hotline at 912-234-2020, or text CRIMES (274637) and include “CStop2020” plus the tip in the body of the text.