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Suspect evades arrest after high-speed chase
Trinity Standard - March 2008
TRINITY – Charges against a 22-year-old Trinity man were pending this week following a high-speed pursuit that wound its way through southern Trinity County.
Although the suspect managed to finally elude officers by fleeing on foot into the woods, Trinity County Sheriff Steven Jones said they have identified him and were preparing charges of felony evading arrest and aggravated assault on a peace officer.
The name of the suspect was withheld until formal charges are filed.
The incident began about 3 a.m. Sunday morning in on Robb Street in Trinity when Pct. 1 Deputy Constable Rusty Barrett attempted to stop a pickup on a traffic violation.
Barrett said the pickup sped away, traveling east out FM 356 to Sebastopol and then north on FM 355.
Speeds during the chase ranged from 80 to 100 miles per hour, Barrett said.
“During the pursuit, I saw the driver throw something out of the pickup’s window in about the 1100 block of FM 356, but we did not recover what ever it was,” he added.
During the chase out FM 356 and FM 355, Barrett was joined by two Trinity County sheriff’s deputies, Travis Bryan and John Rayford.
While on FM 355, the suspect’s vehicle and Barrett’s patrol car both hit deer that ran out onto the highway but both vehicles continued.
“Three or four deer ran out and when you’re traveling 90 miles per hour, it’s very hard to see them in time to avoid hitting them,” Barrett said.
Barrett said the pickup turned east onto the Chita-Carlisle Cemetery Road and headed back toward FM 356 with the officers still in pursuit.
Barrett’s car, damaged by the impact with the deer, finally quit about the time the chase got back to FM 356 and the suspect fled back toward Trinity with only the sheriff’s deputies in pursuit.
Jones said the suspect turned off FM 356 onto Trinity Cove Drive and then stopped at the subdivision’s security gate to punch in an access code.
“The deputies saw an opportunity to block him and one of the cars pulled around to get in front of the pickup,” Jones said.
However, as the deputy pulled in front, the suspect began moving forward and collided with the sheriff’s car. The rear of the pickup then hooked the front bumper of the patrol car and pulled it off.
The suspect then fled down Sportsman’s Drive and turned right onto Logan. When he reached the dead-end of the street, the suspect stopped and fled into the woods on foot.
Jones said that officers subsequently found a small rock of what is believed to be crack cocaine wedged in the front seat of the suspect’s pickup. The rock was forwarded to a Texas Department of Public Safety lab for analysis.
Juveniles in custody
The second of two juveniles sought for the Dec. 9, 2007 theft of weapons and the destruction of property surrendered to sheriff’s deputies Friday in Groveton.
According to a report filed by Deputy Millard Stains, the other juvenile turned himself in about two weeks ago.
The two – ages 15 and 16 – were sought in connection with an incident at a residence in the Camp Branch Acres Subdivision.
Sometime on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007 someone entered the residence and took a number of items, including a .410 shotgun and a Winchester .22 rifle with scope.
The thieves also used the guns to shoot up the residence, destroying a computer monitor, two television sets and a ceiling fan. A number of holes also were shot through the home’s ceiling.