POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man who was wanted in connection to several burglaries and vehicle thefts in Polk County was arrested after a car chase that started in Cleveland and ended just outside of Livingston Thursday night.
At one point, there were about 10 law enforcement units in pursuit of the suspect vehicle, an SUV.
Cody Michael Oliver, 30, of Livingston, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000 charge and two bond forfeiture charges. His bond amount has been set at $30,000 for the theft charge.
According to a press release from the Cleveland Police Department, two CPD officers were patrolling the town’s downtown area at about 814 p.m. Thursday night when they checked the license plates on a brown SUV and found that the plates were from a different type of vehicle.
As the two officers got closer to the SUV on Houston Street (Highway 321), they turned on their overhead lights and siren an attempt to get the SUV to pull over, the press release stated. The driver of the SUV allegedly refused to pull over and started to accelerate on Highway 321.
The officers then gave chase as the SUV got up to about 80 mph.
“The occupants were seen throwing items from the SUV as it traveled,” the press release stated.
The chase then took several twists and turns through Cleveland and Liberty County. After the SUV passed the Cleveland Municipal Airport, it continued east on FM 787 and got up to about 85 mph before the driver turned left onto FM 2610, the press release stated.
A short time later, the SUV crossed over into Polk County. When the driver of the SUV, who was later identified as Oliver, got to the intersection of FM 2610 and State Highway 146, he turned left and headed toward Livingston.
Before the SUV got into Livingston, other law enforcement officers were able to successfully deploy spike strips and deflate three of the SUV’s tires. The SUV, a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe, slowed down to about 30 mph, but Oliver continued to drive on the flattened tires, the press release stated.
At that time, there were about 10 law enforcement units assisting the Cleveland Police Department in trying to get the SUV to stop. Eventually the rubber on the tires heated up and separated from the rims.
Even though there were visible flames under the SUV’s fenders, its driver “continued to drive recklessly through heavy traffic and intersections as he entered into Livingston,” the press release stated.
After making several turns in Livingston, the SUV wound up heading toward Onalaska on State Highway 190. A short time later, it came to a sudden stop in the middle of Highway 190, the press release stated.
The officers learned that there were two men and a woman in the SUV. They were all taken into custody at the scene.
Oliver was released to Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies because he had outstanding warrants from their county, the press release stated. Tana Thorndyke, 24, of Livingston, and Robert Marvin Tyler, 26, of Cleveland, were both transported back to CPD.
Chief Darrel Broussard with the Cleveland Police Department said they are planning to file additional charges on Oliver and added they will file them on him at the Polk County Jail. The Cleveland Police Department is still investigating where the SUV came from and why the three people ran from police.
“CPD wanted to thank the Liberty County and the Polk County Sheriff’s Offices, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, and Chief Clifton (who was on scene, and assisted) and his staff at the Livingston Police Department,” the press release stated. “The vehicular police pursuit traveled around 70 miles, and we are pleased it ended safely.”
A search of the SUV turned up several credit cards and a rifle, the press release stated.