FORRESTON - The driver of a tractor-trailer was taken into custody after a several-mile chase Saturday morning with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver, whose information was not immediately available for release pending arraignment, is expected to face charges of driving while intoxicated and evading arrest.

“One of our deputies was dispatched on a call about an aggressive driver on Interstate 35 that was weaving from lane to lane,” sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Osteen said. “Once the deputy made contact with the driver at mile marker 397, he attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle, which failed to yield.”

The deputy initiated a chase, with the tractor-trailer taking the Forreston Road exit off of the interstate. Several Department of Public Safety troopers went to assist and the pursuit - which reached maximum speeds of 75 to 80 mph - went through downtown Forreston before ending at the old U.S. Highway 77 rest stop.

“The driver pulled over when he started seeing more squad cars gathering,” Osteen said. “He was intoxicated and taken into custody without incident.”

The tractor-trailer, which was loaded with a non-perishable cargo, was impounded.

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