BRENHAM - The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a career criminal they say stole two vehicles and led them on a chase, less than two months after being released from prison.
According to Sheriff Otto Hanak, Louis Duane Ryhne, 34 of Austin, led his deputies, members of the Brenham Police Department, the Texas Highway Patrol and Deputy Constable William Shepherd, on a chase Tuesday in a stolen pickup truck.
The 2007 Chevy Silverado was reported stolen in Austin. Because the truck was equipped with On Star, police knew it was headed east on Highway 290. Deputy Brad Kulow spotted the vehicle on F.M. 389, southwest of Brenham, and attempted a traffic stop. But Ryhne hit the gas and took off.
Ryhne headed north on South Berlin Road, running through stop signs at Old Mill Creek Road and U.S. Highway 290. Traveling more than 80 miles an hour, down North berlin Road, tools, air compressors and a table saw bounced out of the bed of the pickup.
The chase continued north on Old Gray Hill Road and FM 390, where Deputy Kulow lost sight of the truck. A short time later, Brenham Police Cpl. Seth Klehm notified the Sheriff’s Office that the truck had crashed on Wolf Creek Road.
As Sheriff Hanak and Klehm approached the truck, they found Tiffany Duncan, 40 of Austin, lying nearby. She identified the driver as Ryhne and said he ran away after the crash.
Officers conducted an extensive search, but found no sign of Rhyne. A warrant was then issued for felony Evading Arrest (Bond set at $75,000.00) with additional felony charges pending.
Duncan was transported to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Brenham where she was treated for minor injuries and later released. The investigation into her involvement continues.
The pickup truck was a total loss.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m., Washington County deputies received a report of a stolen vehicle on Old Gay Hill Road. According to Sheriff Hanak, when a man returned from working in a field, his 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck was gone. The Sheriff’s Office believes Ryne stole it after crashing the first pickup.
The second pickup was also equipped with On Star. Deputies located it at 1780 F.M. 278 in Burleson County, near a pond in a heavily wooded area.
According to Sheriff Hanak, Ryhne has served four stints with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He was just released March 7.