Elgin Man Leads Washington County Sheriffs Deputy on High Speed Chase

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A high speed police chase turned dangerous in Washington County over the weekend - ending in a crash, and police say the driver is in serious condition. His passenger was also seriously injured when
their car plowed through a fence in Chappell Hill Friday night.

“You see right here, he's coming towards Brenham now,” explained Washington County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jay Petrash as he showed News 3 dash-cam footage.

His speed was clocked on the radar at an excess of 100 miles an hour.

"But as soon as the officer pulled up to make a traffic stop he pulled over but then turned around and took off again,” Petrash explained.

And the chase was on. Dash Cam footage from just after 11 Friday night shows a 30-year-old male driver fleeing from a Washington County Sheriff's Deputy while traveling west on 290. About 10 miles into the chase -- the driver makes yet another U-turn on the highway in an attempt to get away. During that time, more reinforcement was called in to help.

“A trooper spiked him at Blinn and Main which is about half mile into town,” said Petrash.

Despite having a blown out tire after driving over spike strips, in the dash-cam footage, you can see the driver continues going faster. Continuing his dangerous speeds of 100 miles an hour, the suspect takes deputies through downtown Brenham and bottomed out after crossing the railroad tracks.

“From witnesses told us he went airborne when he hit the tracks,” Petrash added.

Yet the suspect doesn’t lose steam.

“He went back through town and out and into the county and went down the road, it's kind of a narrow, really windy road,” Petrash said.

The nearly 20 minute long high speed pursuit ended after the 30-year-old male driver crashed his car in a rural residential field near the 3300 block of Old Chappell Hill Road.

Emergency responders arrived to extract both the driver and his 26-year-old female passenger and Austin resident, from the mangled car.

Their identities haven't been released since both remain in serious condition at area hospitals. The suspect has not been charged pending release from the hospital. Petrash says if he is released, he could be charged with Felony Evading Arrest since he injured an individual [his passenger] during the pursuit.

Investigators believe the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the chase. They say the Eglin resident has been arrested 25 times since 1997 for things ranging from drug possession to assault with a deadly weapon.


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