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Two Grimes County deputies airlifted to St. Joseph after short chase, crash

Cole Miller Reynolds, 19, was charged with evading arrest
Two deputies are in stable condition after being airlifted to St. Joseph hospital following a...
Two deputies are in stable condition after being airlifted to St. Joseph hospital following a short pursuit Thursday morning.(KBTX)
Published: Aug. 26, 2021 at 8:13 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2021 at 12:27 PM CDT
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ANDERSON, Texas (KBTX) - Two Grimes County deputies are in stable condition after being airlifted to St. Joseph hospital following a short pursuit Thursday morning.

A two-man unit was conducting a traffic stop on a gray Dodge pickup around 1:15 a.m. Thursday, when the drive of the pickup failed to yield, according to the Grimes County Sheriff’s Office. A short pursuit followed on West Johnson Avenue within Anderson city limits.

The deputies and the suspect vehicle collided in a curve, and the suspect, 19-year-old Cole Miller Reynolds, ran from the scene.

“The truck stopped on a curve and shoulder and the deputies, with all the dust that came up, hit it in the rear and pushed the truck into the brush and woods and then catapulted to the deputies vehicle into the trees pinning them both in,” said Sheriff Donald Sowell.

The deputies suffered serious injuries, and according to the sheriff’s office, Deputy Mike Ryan had to be extricated from the vehicle by the fire department. A medical helicopter took the deputies to St. Joseph’s Regional Emergency Room.

Deputy Daniel Caswell, the driver, has a broken leg and received lacerations to his head. Ryan has a broken femur, a compound tibia/fibula fracture, and his other leg is broken as well.

The sheriff’s office says Reynolds was later captured around 6 a.m. on CR 185 and charged with evading arrest. He was taken to Navasota hospital before he was taken in to custody.

“We’re thankful that they prevailed. Every one is preventable if people would just act right and do right you wouldn’t have some of these problems,” said Sowell

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