Man charged with leaving accident, injuring detective

A Fort Wayne man was charged Tuesday in Allen Circuit Court after an accident he allegedly caused injured a Fort Wayne Police Department detective.

Jocquell T. Brownlee, 38, of the 2800 block of Chestnut Street, was charged with operating a motor vehicle after forfeiture of his license, a Level 5 felony, and a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, according to court records.

A witness told police the accident occurred shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of South Park Drive and Congress Avenue. He told police a 2007 silver Dodge Caliber, allegedly driven by Brownlee, was traveling northbound on South Park Drive when he disregarded a yield sign and was struck by a Fort Wayne Police Department detective, who was traveling eastbound on Congress Avenue, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

The witness told police the Caliber rolled northbound and then struck his parked vehicle, a 1999 green Ford Explorer, that was parked in front of his house. The witness went to help Brownlee, but he allegedly left the scene. Based on the witness’ description, police found Brownlee at his cousin’s house nearby sweating profusely and breathing loudly.

Brownlee told police he was in an accident but didn’t know where it took place and denied driving the car, despite it being registered to him. He told police the other driver failed to stop at the yield sign, the affidavit said.

Police found he was a habitual traffic violator for life.

The detective was injured in the accident, but the affidavit did not state what those injuries were.