Law Enforcement Standoff in Hearne Ends after Wrong Way Chase

By: KBTX Staff Email
By: KBTX Staff Email

HEARNE - *Wednesday Update*

Department of Public Safety Officials have released the name of the woman they say is responsible for a wrong way chase on Highway 6 Tuesday night.

DPS officials say 58-year-old Paula Hyden of Bryan was having a medical emergency with her diabetes and likely won't face charges.

News 3's Clay Falls will have the latest details Wednesday at 6 P.M. on News 3.

(UPDATE) A standoff has come to an end in Hearne after a wrong-way driver refused to exit her SUV. According to initial police scanner traffic and numerous witnesses, that driver was headed north in the southbound lanes of Highway 6.

A News 3 crew was at the scene of the crash that happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 6 near FM 2818, close to the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol Office in Bryan. A driver says he was pushed off the road into a ditch when a female driver headed his direction. The crash involved only minor damage.

Police radio and witnesses reported officers deployed spike strips in an attempt to stop the vehicle, but initial attempts were unsuccessful. The vehicle eventually came to a stop in the main lanes of Highway 6 within Hearne's city limits near Sandy Creek. That prompted officers to shut down all highway traffic in both directions before re-routing drivers around the city of Hearne via FM 485. Police dispatchers alerted railroad operations officials to hold train traffic to prevent any further complications with the standoff.

Law enforcement officers, including police and DPS troopers, formed a line on both sides of Highway 6 as the driver stayed in her SUV. After a tense period of more than an hour, that driver surrendered to police. It is not yet known how exactly officers were able, if at all, to make contact with the driver. Police have not released her name. She was transported to a local hospital to be checked out but was not hurt in the incident. It's unclear if she will face charges.

Highway 6 was back open to traffic early Wednesday morning.

Hearne Standoff - Suspect's Vehicle

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