MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man has been charged after driving a car through street barricades for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon on Saturday.
Memphis Police told WREG the incident happened in the Medical District at Madison Avenue and Orleans at 10:48 a.m.
The man, later identified as Jerrick Canty, was driving a silver Kia and drove through the barricades that were blocking the intersection for runners.
According to a police affidavit, Canty’s car almost hit officers directing traffic at the intersection.
After he initially hit the barricades, Canty continued driving through barricades on Madison. Police said the car almost hit a man and his 9-year-old son, who were on the other side of the barricades.
Police said Canty kept driving at a high rate of speed and hit more barricades until his vehicle was disabled and he could no longer drive.
Bartlett Police, who were helping MPD with marathon security, were able to detain Canty at Madison and Manassas.
According to the affidavit, Canty admitted to the crime.
Canty is charged with four counts of aggravated assault.