Norfolk Police arrest man after car chase
NORFOLK, Neb. -- Norfolk Police Division responded to a disturbance call Monday night.
NPD said they responded to a disturbance in the front parking lot of the Police Division building.
Officials said that when an officer arrived, he observed a male subject, 38-year-old Thomas Brizendine, walking from a vehicle that was parked in a parking stall in front of the building and occupied by a lone female driver.
Authorities said that Brizendine walked to a pickup that was parked behind the female's vehicle and he got inside.
NPD officials said that the officer attempted to identify Brizendine but he was uncooperative.
It was reported that shortly after the initial contact with Brizendine, he put the vehicle in reverse and started to back away from the officer.
According to the Police Division, the officer yelled for Brizendine to stop, but the man allegedly continued to back up, increasing speed, and proceeded to back over the curb onto the lawn of the residence.
NPD said Brizendine then drove onto South 7th Street and went south, and he was driving on the wrong side of the street.
Officials said that Brizendine proceeded to run a red light at 7th Street and Norfolk Avenue.
NPD said that other officers found Brizendine near 13th Street and Michigan Avenue.
Officers said that when they performed a traffic stop they identified him as Brizendine.
According to the report, the woman in the other car stated that she knew Brizendine, and was driving home when she saw him parked near her residence.
The report said she did not want to go home due to this so she began to drive to the police station. Brizendine followed her while trying to speak to her in the parking lot.
Authorities said Brizendine's license showed that it was currently suspended after doing a check of it.
Officers said they took Brizendine into custody and after a search of the vehicle, found a machete with a fourteen-inch blade.
NPD said that due to previous felony convictions, Brizendine is prohibited from having such weapons.
Officials said he was arrested for possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person, obstructing a police officer, reckless driving, and driving under suspension.
NPD said he was placed in the Norfolk City Jail and then transferred to the Madison County Jail later.