A driver faces multiple charges after crossing a lawn and slamming into a Melbourne home during a pursuit, police say.
Philip Andrew Rodier, 22, was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, batter on a law enforcement officer, fleeing and eluding and leaving the scene of a crash involving injury.
Just before midnight Tuesday, Melbourne Police say Rodier was pulled over by an officer conducting a traffic stop near Cherry Street and State Road 5. They say he appeared to be intoxicated.
During the stop, Rodier became "aggressive" and "increasingly more violent," striking officers as well as a woman in the vehicle with him, a police news release said. Rodier then tried to flee in the vehicle, attempting to strike officers with it as he drove off.
While he was westbound on Melbourne Avenue, his vehicle suddenly veered left, struck a fence and continued through a yard until it slammed into a home on the 600 block of Melbourne. He then fled on foot, police said.
At about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday on New Haven Avenue, Rodier was found and taken into custody.
The female passenger in Rodier's vehicle suffered injuries in the crash and was stable at Holmes Regional Medical Center, police said. No one in the home was injured.