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High speed chase, fight top weekend crime list
Houston County Courier - July 2009
Area law enforcement from the north end of the county to Crockett found themselves suddenly very busy early Saturday morning July 4 when two separate incidents occurred at about the same time.
At about 3 a.m., just before his shift was about to end, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper III Michael Hutcherson attempted to negotiate a traffic stop on a late model Dodge pickup about three miles south of Grapeland on US 287.
According to reports, the vehicle, driven by Joe Richard Williams, 18, initially complied with the troopers request to stop but sped away after he was asked for his insurance.
Trooper Hutcherson began a high-speed chase that continued to Crockett.
Williams reportedly passed through the loop, turned on Spring Avenue then onto North Park Street and finally stopped on Sterling Court.
During the multiple turns during the pursuit in Crockett Williams pickup reportedly hit a parked vehicle and he fired a round of ammunition through the windshield of his pickup before stopping.
Once stopped, authorities said Williams fled the pickup and took refuge in some nearby woods.
Law enforcement officials called the Eastham Unit who brought out their dogs to assist in the search. To aid in the search, The Windham Unit was called and a specific scent tracking dog was brought to the scene and at about 12 p.m. Williams was located in the woods.
Williams was arrested and charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a state jail felony, unlawfully carrying a weapon, a Class A misdemeanor, failure to stop and give information on damage, a Class B misdemeanor and he was served with an outstanding warrant for a probation violation from Anderson County.
Bond was set at $6,000 on the warrant, $5,000 on the felony, and $2,500 on each of the misdemeanors.
As of press time Wednesday morning, Williams remained incarcerated in the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Jail.
DPS Sgt. Andres de la Garza, Eastham Unit Senior Warden David Sweetin,, DPS troopers Bob Reeves, Kevin January, Bobby Bowlin, Justin Cuellar and Kurt Klem as well as Crockett Police Department officers and Houston County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the call,
Just minutes after the car chase began in Grapeland, at about 3:20 a.m. Crockett Police Department officers were called to the Platinum City
Club at the intersection of Goliad Avenue and Second Street in reference to a fight in progress.
CPD. Sgt. Lonnie Lum said four officers were dispatched to the scene and when arrived they found about 250 people in the street and on the sidewalks fighting and yelling.
Authorities said they attempted to disperse the crowd and were eventually forced to use pepper spray to enforce the order.
Some members of the group reportedly left that area and began assembling at the Circle P store in the 600 block of South Fourth Street.
Sgt. Lum said at about 3:45 a.m. they were called to the store location in reference to a fight. Police officers responding called for backup and attempted to disperse the crowd with the public address system.
Some members of the crowd reportedly refused to leave and became violent and police deployed chemical gas grenades in an effort to control the group.
Authorities said the crowd began to disperse when an individual identified as Shane Dermont Riggins, 24, picked up a grenade and threw it back at the police officers.
Riggins was arrested and charged with four counts of assault on a public servant. His bond was set at $10,000 and he was released from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office Jail the same day.
CPD Sgt. Joel Martin, Sgt. Doug King, Cpl. Investigator Sammy Wagner, and officers Jared Vickers and Alfredo Fajardo also responded to the call.