Ascension deputies finally get their man — a week after a chase that ended with an empty SUV in Assumption Parish _lowres

Frank Brooks IV

Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested a Donaldsonville man who had eluded them last week after a woman accused him of beating her so severely that he fractured her face.

Frank Brooks IV, 26, led deputies on a brief chase into Assumption Parish on Dec. 2 when an Ascension deputy tried to pull him over on Iberville Street in Donaldsonville in Ascension Parish, sheriff’s Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said in a news release Wednesday.

Assumption sheriff’s deputies found Brooks’ sport utility vehicle later but could not find him, Webre said.

On the same day, deputies were looking for Brooks in the beating and on a bench warrant issued for him because he failed to appear in Ascension Parish Court on a September misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge.

Brooks had beat the woman the night before, on Dec. 1, Webre said. The woman reported the incident Dec. 2, and a short time later, the deputy spotted Brooks driving in Donaldsonville, Webre said.

The woman suffered a fractured facial bone and several abrasions to the neck and face. She was treated at a hospital and released, Webre said.

Brooks also is facing other misdemeanor charges in Ascension, court minutes show, and had been arrested in April 2014 on a count of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery.

Prosecutors dropped the charge in November 2014, however.

On Tuesday night, nearly a week since the chase, Ascension deputies found Brooks at home in Donaldsonville with marijuana in his pocket, deputies said.

Brooks, 114 Pine St., was arrested and booked on counts of possession of marijuana, domestic abuse aggravated assault, flight from officer and disturbing the peace, Webre said.

Brooks remained in Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville on Wednesday afternoon awaiting the setting of bail, according to online jail records.