New details have emerged regarding a Magnolia police pursuit that ended early Sunday, June 28 when the suspect vehicle crashed through The Corner Clubhouse restaurant on the Magnolia Square.
The details are in the probable cause affidavit filed by Magnolia Police Lt. Josh Miller to support charges against Detaevias L. Cooper, 18, of 624 Gantt St.
Cooper is free on $50,000 and is under house arrest, with certain exceptions approved by Circuit Court Judge David Talley.
Bret McMahen, who owns the building at 100 S. Washington, told investigators that the wreck caused about $50,000 in damage. The restaurant remains closed for repairs.
The chase began when Magnolia officers Cpl. Wyatt Henderson and Ptl. Matt Reeves, southbound on North Vine, turned around on a northbound vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on Vine at about 12:40 a.m.
Henderson and Reeves lost the vehicle shortly after it turned south off West Columbia, onto North Washington Street.
The officers, believing that the suspect vehicle had turned left onto Union Street, followed that direction and soon reached the corner of Jackson and Main.
There, they saw the driver of a Chevrolet Camero in the intersection pointing down the alley behind the restaurant. Reeves saw two men running and the officers raced down Jackson to Calhoun Street. Henderson parked his unit nearby and began a search on foot.
In the meantime, Sgt. Emily Palmero, who was at North Vine and West Main when she heard that the suspects were on foot, drove to the Square.
She found that the suspect Nissan Altima had driven through the northwest corner of the Corner Clubhouse.
The vehicle was smoking, air bags had deployed and glass and debris was in the roadway. She searched the area around the vehicle and found no one.
The vehicle’s license plate returned to the ownership of Dorothy and Lloyd Cooper of Gantt Street. Soon thereafter, Kimberlyn Cooper arrived at the scene to ask if her son, whom she identified as Detaevias L. Cooper, was OK. She said the vehicle was owned by her mother, Dorothy Cooper.
Palermo asked Kimberlyn Cooper to call her son so that police could speak with him. Cooper was unable to reach her son.
Detective Bill Schaefer interviewed Dorothy Cooper. She confirmed that her grandson had been driving the car on Saturday. Her description of her grandson’s clothing matched that of a man seen running from the area at the time of the wreck in video taken by the surveillance camera of a nearby business.
Cooper is charged with felling by means of a vehicle, and criminal mischief first degree.