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Dramatic police chase through Ginter Park ends with suspect behind bars

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Jan 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-27 22:09:08-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Suspect Tarvares Brown spent Tuesday night at Henrico Jail West.

Richmond Police say they had tried to pull him over for speeding, and when he didn’t stop, Henrico and Virginia State police got involved.

The 32-year-old now has a long list of felony charges.

In total, two Henrico cruisers, a trooper’s car, the suspect’s SUV, and a Ginter Park homeowner’s fence, all suffered damage after a wild chase that went through several neighborhoods on the city's Northside.

"The guy was trying to go down streets and duck out of the way to escape the cops," said David Beaman, who saw the end of the chase.

Henrico Police say they used a  Taser on  the Brown, who they say was armed. Witnesses say the scene was intense.

"He got out car and was tackled,” said Jelani Ferrell. “They tased him. Then it was over."

"It took four officers to get the guy down,” said John Roberts. “He was frantic.  He was trying to get away."

Neighbors say it's a blessing that Tuesday was a snow day, because the chase ended on Rennie Avenue near Hawthorne right around 4 p.m. That’s when people living here say kids are normally walking home from school.

"Anybody could've been walking and could've been hit. It would've been a serious injury,” said Beaman.

Somehow neither police nor suspect sustained a major injury. Police say the suspect was treated at his request on scene.

Brown, who is a convicted felon, will face felony firearms charges, as well as eluding and assault on a police officer, along with a list of traffic violations.

People living in Ginter Park say they're just happy he's off the streets. "The guy was driving erratic and went up on sidewalks,” said Roberts. “It's dangerous."

State Police used what’s called a pit maneuver to get Brown to stop. His vehicle ended up wedged between a fence and tree on a sidewalk.