Center man arrested in 56-minute chase

Craig Crocker mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Craig Crocker mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Center man was arrested last week following a 56-minute pursuit with various law enforcement through Nacogdoches and Shelby counties.

Craig Crocker, 23, is charged with driving while intoxicated, evading arrest and aggravated assault.

According to a DPS report, the incident began at a Nacogdoches convenience store at 11:26 p.m. when a trooper pulled out and the clerk reported Crocker was in the store and intoxicated. The trooper caught up to Crocker and pulled him over. When he approached the vehicle, Crocker drove off, beginning the chase, according to the report.

Crocker went around the Nacogdoches loop and went through various farm roads during a 56-minute pursuit, according to the report. At one point, Crocker finally pulled over and a trooper approached him again, as Crocker had his window halfway down. The trooper put his arm in the car and Crocker drove off again, partly dragging the trooper before the trooper let go and engaged in another chase, according to the report.

Shelby County deputies entered the chase and one fired shots at the vehicle in an attempt to deflate the tires. Crocker nearly hit another deputy who was standing in the road to stop him and also fired shots in attempt at stopping him, according to the report.

DPS was successful in flattening Crocker's tires with road spikes, but Crocker still evaded police for a few more minutes before finally giving up a mile south of Timpson on State Highway 87.

"It's my understanding that once he had four flat tires he put his blinker on and pulled over," Shelby County Sheriff Newton Johnson said.

Johnson and DPS spokesman Greg Sanches said that deputies exercised proper protocol in firing their guns.

Johnson confirmed that one of the deputies who fired his gun was terminated the following day, but it was in an unrelated matter, which Johnson declined to explain.

Crocker was arrested and taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail, where he remains on a $17,500 bond. He also has a hold from Shelby County in connection to the aggravated assault charge, stemming from his alleged attempt at hitting the deputy.

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