LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin Police arrested a Houston man after his release from a hospital following an alleged chase with law enforcement officers early Sunday morning. At least three officers were injured after he reportedly hit five patrol cars.
For now, Robert Raymond Jones, 37, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a public servant, a first-degree felony, and one count of evading arrest with a vehicle, a state jail felony.
Assistant Police Chief Gerald Williamson said the search for Jones began after he did a hit-and-run on a vehicle in Diboll. Diboll Police put out a search for Jones and Lufkin Police spotted him on the Loop 287 in Lufkin. According to Williamson, police chased Jones to Atkinson Drive, where he turned around on the median and went back toward Diboll.
By this point, Hudson Police and sheriff's deputies joined the chase. Diboll Police deployed spikes on Hwy 59 on towards Diboll, Jones tires were deflated. However, authorities say that didn't stop Jones.
Williamson said Jones then turned around in the southbound lane, driving northbound and hit five patrol cars before hitting an 18-wheeler head-on. It was then law enforcement was able to arrest him.
Williamson said three Lufkin Police officers were injured and taken to a Lufkin hospital, where they were treated and released. Three of the Lufkin patrol cars suffered damage, two severely. Jones also hit one Hudson patrol car and two sheriff's officer cars, Williamson said. Seven police cars in total were damaged according to the police report.
Jones was also injured after hitting the 18-wheeler. He was taken to a Lufkin hospital and released Monday morning to the custody of Lufkin Police, who booked him into the Angelina County Jail.
Williamson said Hudson Police and the sheriff's office would also likely file charges on Jones.