ROCKWALL COUNTY, Texas – Hendersonville, Tennessee resident Jonathan Davis, 25, was taken into custody by law enforcement after a five-county high-speed chase Thursday night.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers arrested Davis at 10:09 p.m. just north of Waco on Interstate Highway 35, after he sped southbound on I-35E through Ellis County, and into Hill County.
“I am not for sure what road it started on. I am assuming it was on I-30 that Rockwall County got after him for a minor traffic violation. The deputy walked up to the vehicle and made contact with him and he burned off. So the chase was on,”said D.L. Wilson, a DPS public information officer.
That was at about 8:40 p.m. in Rockwall County, and the chase stretched through four other counties with the driver breaking speeds of 100 mph multiple times.
“The pursuit came through McLennan County, north of Waco. The McLennan County Sheriff’s Department threw a spike system out in front of him,” Wilson said. “He damaged his right, front tire and he still continued at 60-70 mph. At milepost 339 southbound, near Myers Lane just north of Waco, our trooper used his service weapon and disabled the vehicle.”
Wilson said during the course of the pursuit Davis’, vehicle allegedly traveled about 2 to 3 miles into oncoming traffic in the Hillsborough area. The spike strip that damaged Davis’ right, front tire was at mile post 343 near Elmont, which was about 4 miles from where the pursuit ended. After the trooper disabled the vehicle, it hit a guardrail, spun and then stopped in the roadway.”
Assisting on the call were members of the DPS, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the Milford Police Department and the Italy Police Department, he said.
“When the chase entered Ellis County, we had one deputy that followed at the rear of the pursuit while in Ellis County,” stated JoAnn Livingston, the ECSO public information officer. “Once the pursuit entered Hill County, just south of Milford, our deputy turned around and was then dispatched to work an accident near the old rest area near Forreston, involving a Dallas County deputy.”
Interim Italy Police Chief Cameron Beckham said a Milford police officer attempted to spike Davis’ vehicle, but Davis took the Forreston Road Exit and avoided the spikes. Italy officers Chase Kidman and Matthew Barron followed the pursuit down to the county line to ensure safety of others involved on the call. Beckham was only involved in a supervisory role to make sure Italy Police Department policies were followed.
Davis has been charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle, having a prohibited substance or item in a correctional facility, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and a driving while intoxicated second offense. As of 4 p.m. Friday, Davis remained in custody at the McLennan County Jail.
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