ENNIS — Some people over the years have gone to great lengths in the name of beauty. The desire to have those products associated with a flawless complexion resulted in the arrest of two Dallas residents following a high-speed chase on Tuesday afternoon.

Ennis Police arrested Richard Lee Smith, 46, and Tonja Kay Clark, 46, in connection with the alleged theft of $1,775.46 worth of cosmetics from Walmart. Smith has been charged with organized criminal activity and evading arrest. Clark has been accused of engaging in an organized criminal activity.

“At 1:40 p.m. we got a call of a theft in progress at Walmart. When we got there, they had left. There was a trooper there, Ricky Barber. He checked in the chase with the vehicle and entered the northbound ramp onto Interstate Highway 45. We had an officer on North Kaufman that got with him,” Ennis Police Lt. Fred Pontley said. “The suspect's vehicle took a curve too fast and ran into a ditch causing damage to the front end, which slowed the vehicle. It then got back on the highway.”

Pontley stated that the vehicle was moving so slow that Sgt. Sherman Swafford was able to run up to the vehicle. The vehicle came to a stop at the 254-mile marker northbound on I-45.

Officers then were able to get the driver, Smith, but, as they were handcuffing him, he broke free and ran across the highway. Smith fled into a business, Ennis Transportation, and hid behind some boxes. An employee pointed out where Smith was hiding to police. The call ended at 2:35 p.m.

Pontley added that there were three people in the vehicle at the time of the arrest. It is unknown, as of press time, if the third occupant has been charged in connection with the offense.

Smith and Clark were then booked into Ennis jail and later transferred to the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie. Smith was booked into the detention center at 11:03 p.m. on Wednesday and has bonds totaling $6,000. He is also being held on an out of county warrant and a parole violation.

Clark was booked into the detention center at 10:41 p.m. on Wednesday and has a $3,500 bond. As of 11 a.m. on Thursday Smith and Clark remain in custody at the detention center.


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