A high-speed chase on the morning of Jan. 11 that spanned three counties and involved nine law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of two Texas teenagers. The 18-year-old and 17-year-old Dallas residents are being held at the Henderson County Jail on charges of manufacturing and delivering a Schedule II controlled substance and tampering with evidence. The tampering charge was added because the teenagers allegedly threw packages of methamphetamine out of their vehicle as they tried to elude the police.
Spike strips deployed
The pursuit began near Athens in Henderson County and continued into Kaufman County before coming to an end in Van Zandt County. Initial reports do not describe the events that preceded the chase, but they do contain video recorded by dashboard cameras in the pursuing police vehicles. The footage shows a brown Buick SUV reaching speeds of over 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic. Spike strips deployed by police destroyed one of the SUV’s tires, but this did not slow the vehicle down.
Suspects flee on foot
The footage also shows the end of the chase. The suspects can be seen pulling into a residence and attempting to flee on foot. Authorities called in a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and local police K9 units to help locate the two suspects. Police say that they filed drug charges because they discovered a large quantity of methamphetamine inside the SUV and scattered along the roadway.
Attempts to elude law enforcement attract unwanted media attention, usually lead to additional and possibly more severe charges and almost always end in failure, which is why experienced criminal defense attorneys may urge their clients to resist the impulse to flee. Leading the police on chases could also make prosecutors less willing to offer lenient sentences. Instead of fleeing, individuals facing criminal charges may be wiser to remain silent, cooperate with the police and ask to speak with a lawyer.