Man arrested after high speed chase
Houston County Courier - December/January 2007
By Daphne Hereford
A Groesbeck man was arrested Wednesday night, Dec. 19 after a high-speed chase that lasted about 30 minutes and reached speeds
of 95-100 mph around Loop 304.
According to reports, 24-year-old Karl Ray Shiflett III while fleeing from law enforcement in a late model Plymouth minivan, made three complete trips around the loop, then turned toward town and headed east on Goliad Avenue before he was stopped.
Shiflett did not realize the loop would take him in a circle.
Crockett Police Department officers used patrol cars to block Shiflett's vehicle and took him into custody on East Goliad near an oil change business.
During the course of the chase, authorities said Shiflett ran several stop signs and charged through intersections.
The chase reportedly began when Corporal Clayton Smith, while on foot patrol with Officer Victoria Carrier, was contacted by a concerned citizen in the Prince Hall area regarding illegal drug activity.
Cpl. Smith attempted to contact Shiflett regarding a traffic offense and he fled down Martin Luther King Blvd. in the minivan.
Cpl. Smith made contact again with Shiflett on Sowescor Street and attempted to stop the minivan. Shiflett reportedly ignored the attempt and narrowly missed striking Cpl. Smith with his vehicle.
Cpl. Smith called for assistance and Shiflett headed back down MLK toward the loop.
Officer Sammy Wagner began pursuit around the loop.
Shiflett was charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer, evading arrest or detention, reckless driving, 23 counts of disregarding a stop sign, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to secure a safety belt.
Three Houston County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted in the pursuit and Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers were called to deploy spikes.