POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
POLK COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - Two St. Louis men died in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Polk County after fleeing from law enforcement, according to Corrigan Police.
According to the Department of Public Safety report, DeAndre Bradley, 22, was driving a 2010 Mazda van with Lamont Williams, 22, as a passenger. They were driving northbound on U.S. 59, five miles north of Corrigan when they crossed into southbound traffic and hit a 1996 Freightliner towing a trailer, driven by Juan Cruz, 27, of Houston, at 8:13 p.m.
Bradley and Williams were pronounced dead at the scene. Cruz is listed in stable condition at a Livingston hospital with a pelvic injury.
According to Corrigan Police Chief James Riley, two officers conducted a traffic stop with Bradley and Williams after stopping them for speeding. After running their license plates, they began walking back to the vehicle when Bradley drove away. Police pursued the van for about five miles before Bradley crossed the grassy median and hit the rig.
Riley said law enforcement found marijuana in the vehicle after the wreck. He said the officers did nothing wrong in the pursuit.
"It's a bad situation that ended in two deaths, but the officers did what they were trained to do," Riley said.
DPS is conducting a full investigation into the incident.