CROWN POINT — A Gary man admitted in court Friday he led police on a high-speed chase this summer while awaiting trial on allegations he participated in the shooting of a retired Gary police captain.
Cameron J. Briscoe pleaded guilty Friday in Lake Criminal Court to resisting law enforcement, a level 6 felony, through a plea agreement with the Lake County prosecutor's office. The defendant was sentenced to six months in jail — time he has already served — and can later petition the court for misdemeanor treatment, which would reduce his conviction to a class A misdemeanor.
Briscoe was arrested during the early morning hours of July 29 on allegations he fled a law enforcement officer while driving a vehicle east on 37th Avenue in Hobart. He sped through several red lights before crashing into a bank parking lot while turning south onto Willowcreek Road, court records state.
Briscoe and a second man were found by authorities hiding under vehicles at a nearby car dealership. A female passenger told police she was not harmed in the crash.
Briscoe was on court-ordered electronic monitoring at the time while awaiting trial on allegations he and two other men shot retired Gary police Capt. Charles Austin during a burglary Feb. 21, 2017, at the captain's home in the 4100 block of Jackson Street.
Briscoe remains charged in that case with aggravated battery, two felony counts of battery and residential entry. His co-defendants are Kevon J. Dixon and Fo'tre D. White, both 21.
Briscoe also remains charged with participating in an armed robbery on Feb. 21.