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Distracted driver charged after jumping car 25 feet in police chase

He claims he crashed while looking at directions
Posted at 7:00 PM, Dec 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-04 20:00:56-05

Waterford native Logan Brandenburg has been charged with fleeing an officer and recklessly endangering safety.

On Nov. 19, an officer tried to stop him because the lights on his Dodge Caravan were out. This is when Brandenburg sped away, allegedly sending sparks flying from his front tires.

He reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour on Oklahoma Avenue trying to elude the officer. He missed the curve near National Avenue, however, and jumped it. 

This caused the car to fly off the roadway, dropping approximately 25 feet, striking a concrete wall for a river. The Caravan bounced off this wall and struck a utility pole and another car.

The driver of the other car suffered a hand injury. 

Brandenburg made a couple unsolicited statements on his way to the hospital. He stated that he should have stopped at the curve, but was looking at his phone trying to get directions. 

The officer who filed the criminal complaint said Brandenburg smelled of marijuana.