Law enforcement still searching for high-speed chase suspect



ERATH COUNTY (December 21, 2015) — Despite keeping up with the suspect vehicle through private properties and driveways as well as highways and country roads, Texas DPS troopers and Erath County Sheriff’s deputies are still searching for a high-speed chase suspect that escaped detention Saturday night.

According to Sr. DPS Trooper Dub Gilliam, an Erath County trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over for failure to stop at a stop sign. However, the driver refused and left Stephenville on US Highway 377, headed north. As they passed Lone Star Arena, headed out of town, speeds hit 100mph before slowing down to 65 mph on County Road 180.

Eventually, the suspect led troopers and deputies back out onto 377, again headed north, entering the property at the N at Hardway Ranch. The driver of the older model GMC pickup went through an open driveway gate and crossed a creek on the property before disappearing in the brush.

In an attempt to follow the suspect, a trooper entered the creek with his patrol vehicle and was unable to cross. A fire truck had to be called to the scene to pull the patrol car from the creek crossing. Law enforcement surrounded the property and searched well into the next morning, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said.

However, despite a through search, the suspect was not located. Bryant said the trooper who initiated the stop was able to get the license plate number off the vehicle and it was registered to a local address. But, he said there have been no arrests made as of Monday morning and ECSO investigators were assisting DPS troopers investigating further.

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