Suspect on the Run after High-Speed Police Chase

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Texas - A man deputies say should be considered armed and dangerous is on the run after a high-speed chase in Washington County.

It all started Tuesday afternoon when Washington County Sheriff's officials received a call from OnStar auto security, alerting them someone in a stolen pickup truck was headed their way along Highway 290.

Sheriff's officials said the vehicle turned on a Farm to Market Road where a Washington County Deputy happened to be waiting.

"Our deputy intercepted the vehicle, and the pursuit was on," said Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak.

The suspect, who authorities later identified as Louis Duane Ryhne, 34, from Austin, led police on a 14-mile chase with speeds approaching 100 miles per hour. Several law-enforcement agencies joined in on the chase.

Hanak said Ryhne lost control and crashed the stolen truck on FM 390 near Highway 36. Authorities arrived seconds later to find the wrecked truck and another surprise.

"He broke and ran and left his poor, defenseless, injured girlfriend to fend for herself," said Hanak.

The girlfriend quickly told authorities Ryhne was the driver.

"Unfortunately, we were unable to locate and arrest him before he committed his next offense in our county," said Hanak.

Ryhne found and stole a second pickup truck, but OnStar came to the rescue yet again. The company was able to locate and eventually shut off the stolen truck along FM 278 in Burleson County.

By the time authorities arrived, Ryhne was long gone, officials said.

Rhyne is a career criminal, who's served four different prison sentences. Three of those, including the most recent one, for auto theft. He was released in March.

Washington County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information leading to Ryne's arrest. If you know anything, give them a call at 979-836-TIPS (8477).

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