Lawmen: Drunk driver endangers lives during high speed pursuit

Samuel Thompson mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Samuel Thompson mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

From news release from Constable Pct 4

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Two Nacogdoches County deputies were almost struck head on New Year's morning while traveling north bound on Highway 59.  Several miles south of Nacogdoches, near the weigh station, they met a vehicle traveling in the wrong lane of traffic at 5:30 a.m.

Deputy Jimmy Marble with the Constable Office, Precinct 4 and Deputy Ben Curtis with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department met a gold Saturn car traveling south bound in the north bound lane at a speed of 98 mph. Deputy Constable Marble attempted to stop the vehicle traveling in the wrong lane of traffic.

Constable Bridges stated that both deputies had to take evasive action to keep from being struck head on by the vehicle, driven by Samuel Thompson, 21, of Colmesneil.

At the time, Deputy Curtis was also transporting an inmate to the Nacogdoches County Jail.

Deputy Marble gave chase, but the vehicle refused to stop and accelerated on Highway 59 and continued traveling in the wrong lane of traffic. A pursuit of the vehicle began and speeds reached over 110 mph. Constable Bridges stated that the vehicle almost struck several other vehicles while continuing to travel in the wrong lane of traffic.

According to investigators, Thompson was so impaired that he did not know where he was at or where he had been coming from. Thompson is in jail for evading arrest in a motor vehicle along with driving while intoxicated. Thompson submitted to giving a specimen of his breath. Both results were .197 which is twice over the legal limit.

Another pursuit occurred around 8:00 PM on New Year's Eve when Deputy Allen, Constable Office Precinct 4 stopped a black truck on Highway 59 South. The driver of the vehicle had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. When Deputy Allen attempted to get the driver out of the pickup truck, the driver told the deputy he was not going to jail and sped off onto County Road 620.

Deputy Allen chased the vehicle to a residence on County Road 620 where the driver wrecked out in his front yard. He ran into his house, but was apprehended a short time later by officers.

The man was arrested and charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest and an outstanding traffic warrant.

Constable Bridges advised that his office made 8 arrest on New Years night and 5 of them were alcohol related. He praised officers in the cases and said they helped prevent a very serious accident from occurring.