Tennessee man pleads guilty to aggravated assault on a Biloxi police officer

Biloxi, Miss. – District Attorney Crosby Parker announced today that Antonio Dewayne Briley, age 26, of Nashville, Tennessee plead guilty on Monday to one count of Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and one count of felony Failure to Stop a Motor Vehicle.

Senior Circuit Court Judge Lisa P. Dodson accepted Briley’s plea, and sentenced him to serve twelve years in prison.

The case began when a citizen reported to a Biloxi Police Officer that a vehicle had just backed into her vehicle in the parking lot of Club 100 on Howard Avenue. The vehicle was identified as a black Ford Taurus and was located still in the parking lot. An officer approached the vehicle on foot in an attempt to speak with the driver, later identified as Briley. Briley rolled down his window as if he intended to speak with the officer, but then accelerated through the parking lot.

Additional officers located at the parking lot entrance attempted to stop the vehicle, at which time Briley continued to accelerate over the curb and onto the street, striking one of the responding officers and injuring his leg. Additional police officers then became involved in a vehicle pursuit through heavy traffic on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Briley ultimately crashed his vehicle at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Howard Avenue, where he and a passenger fled from the vehicle. The passenger was apprehended after a short foot chase, and Briley was tracked to a nearby hotel room where he was taken into custody.

Officers located marijuana in the vehicle and methamphetamine in Briley’s hotel room.

Briley also had an active warrant for the State of Tennessee for Aggravated Assault.

During his plea, Briley admitted that he failed to stop his vehicle because he had drugs in the car and knew he had a warrant for his arrest, said Assistant District Attorney Ian Baker who prosecuted the case.

Upon completion of his sentence in Mississippi, Briley faces additional prosecution in Tennessee for separate aggravated assaults occurring in their jurisdiction. The injured officer fully recovered from his injuries and has returned to patrol.

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