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Altercation at St. Charles party leads to car chase, charges for 2 men

ST. CHARLES – An altercation at a wedding party in St. Charles led to a car chase that resulted in multiple charges against one driver, including reckless driving and criminal damage to property, according to St. Charles police reports.

Police were called to the area of Huntington and Forest Ridge roads at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday for a battery in progress stemming from a wedding party on nearby Sterling Court, police reported.

Mark Michael Mullen reportedly had hit a guest in the throat, realized he struck the wrong person and ran toward Forest Ridge and Huntington roads to hit another man – later identified as Jason W. Brownlee – over the head with a beer bottle. Mullen then got into an Acura containing four others and left, police said, noting Mullen entered the passenger side.

Brownlee reportedly chased after the car in his rental car, a red Ford Focus. Police reported Brownlee intentionally rammed the Ford into two vehicles but didn't provide details on those crashes.

Brownlee reportedly told police he drove to get away from his attacker and claimed he hit the vehicles because it was his only way to escape.

"After he hit the other vehicle, he drove away for several blocks, parked his vehicle and hid in someone's backyard with a pool, next to a tree," police reported. "After several minutes, he realized he didn't know where he was and decided to get back in his car and continued driving."

It was at that point that Brownlee saw a police car in the 700 block of Stonehedge Road, prompting him to immediately stop the car, police reported. Brownlee reportedly ran through the wooded area along the road and jumped a metal fence into a backyard, where police caught up to him.

Brownlee complained of a head injury from the earlier battery, police said, and paramedics were called.

While waiting for the paramedics, Brownlee was "extremely belligerent" with officers, police said, describing him as "highly intoxicated."

Brownlee, 44, of the 4400 block of Magna Vista Drive, Jackson, Wisconsin, was charged with reckless conduct, aggravated assault, obstructing/resisting arrest, driving under the influence, reckless driving, hit and run and two counts of felony criminal damage to property.

Police said he was charged for each vehicle he intentionally hit. His rental car sustained "significant front end damage," police said. The front bumper was crushed inward, the hood had several creases and, police reported, the airbags had deployed.

According to the Kane County Sheriff's Office's online records, Brownlee is being held on $30,000 bond. He is expected in court Thursday for a status hearing.

The Acura, meanwhile, was stopped in the 1200 block of Winners Cup Circle. Mullen, 31, of the 200 block of East Mineral Street, Milwaukee, was charged with four counts of battery.

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