Trion man who slammed into patrol vehicle while fleeing child sex sting sentenced to prison
Trion man who slammed into patrol vehicle while fleeing child sex sting sentenced to prison. Back in March of 2018 Darren Allan Vincent, 49, of Trion was messaging a person who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. According to reports and prosecutors after a few days of messaging, on Friday March 16, 2018 he showed up for their meeting in Floyd County. Vincent thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl but instead met law enforcement officers. It was all part of a child sting operation called "Operation Southern Impact II". Vincent fled from officers in his red 2014 Toyota Camry nearly running over several officers in the process. A pursuit ensued on Highway 53 where speeds reached over 130 MPH. During the pursuit Vincent aimed his vehicle after several pursuing officers. Reports said Floyd County Police Officer McCormick was stationary sitting on Highway 53 near the Gordon County line in the southbound lane. McCormick was helping block traffic to protect innocent people from getting hit by Vincent who slammed into McCormick's patrol vehicle at a high rate of speed. According to records Vincent pleaded guilty Monday to felony criminal attempt to commit aggravated child molestation as well as 8 counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and was sentenced to 25 years to serve 15 in prison. During the "Operation Southern Impact II" a total of 76 people were arrested and 13 children were rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation between eight (8) southeastern states. The joint, proactive operation, Operation Southern Impact II, was coordinated by nine (9) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in those eight states and focused on persons who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet.