ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County Sheriff's deputy arrested a 20-year-old Nacogdoches man Friday after he led the deputy on a high-speed chase with speeds in excess of 100 mph with a woman and three young children, ages, 1, 2, and 4 in the car with him.
Zachary Charqwan Brooks was charged with four state-jail felonies - evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and three counts of child endangerment. He posted a $14,000 and was released from the Angelina County Jail on Saturday.
According to the arrest affidavit, an ACSO sergeant spotted a 1999 Mercury sedan speeding on FM 2251. When the ACSO sergeant tried to catch up to the car, which was driven by Brooks, it passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone.
The Mercury turned north onto Lufkin's Loop 287 and started accelerating rapidly, the affidavit stated. After the ACSO sergeant activated his lights and siren, he again tried to catch up to the vehicle and noticed that he was going approximately 100 mph and still not catching up to the Mercury.
The ACSO sergeant caught up to the Mercury on the loop near Kurth Drive, but the driver continued to refuse to pull over, the affidavit stated. Once Brooks made it to US 69 North, he allegedly turned into the median and started heading south.
According to the affidavit, Brooks traveled a short distance in a southbound direction before he finally stopped on the exit ramp for Highway 103 West. After the ACSO sergeant took Brooks into custody, he noticed that there was also a woman in the passenger seat and three children, ages 1, 2, and 4. The affidavit stated that none of the three kids were secured in child safety seats.