SHELBY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 22-year-old man allegedly led Shelby County Sheriff's deputies on high-speed chase that passed through three East Texas counties and damaged several road signs with his SUV before he fled on foot and took a "swan dive" off the Attoyac bridge in San Augustine County.
Alvin Jerome Davis, II of Center, is still being held in the Shelby County Jail on a felony evading arrest and detention with a vehicle charge and a driving while intoxicated charge. No information was available on his bail amount.
Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell said at approximately 4:20 a.m. Monday morning, a deputy was in the sheriff's office parking lot when he spotted a Dodge Durango driving recklessly on Nacogdoches Street and running a red light. Blackwell said the Durango passed a car that was stopped at the light, ran the red light, and turned onto Hurst Street.
The deputy gave chase and tried to make a traffic stop on the Dodge Durango when it made a right turn into the parking lot of the closed Shelby Regional Medical Center emergency room. The driver of the Durango, who was later identified as Davis, drove off at high speed, Blackwell said.
At that point, Davis attempted to make a right turn on to Nacogdoches Highway and clipped some road signs, causing his air bag to deploy. Despite the crash, Davis kept on going, drove through the median, got on State Highway 7 West, and headed toward Nacogdoches County, Blackwell said.
Both vehicles topped out at their speeds during the chase along SH 7. They continued to head west until the Durango began to smoke and experience mechanical problems, Blackwell said. The sheriff said Davis came to a stop on the Attoyac bridge in San Augustine County before started moving again and crossed into Nacogdoches County.
"The driver then exited the vehicle before running and doing a swan dive off of the south side of the bridge to [the deputy's disbelief," a press release stated. "The driver landed in a shallow body of water and mud."
The Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene, so EMS personnel could use one of their ladders to rescue Davis, who was transported to Nacogdoches Medical Center. After he was treated at the hospital, Davis was transported to the Shelby County Jail.
Davis is suspected of being under the influence of PCP at the time of the incident, Blackwell said.
Blackwell thanked the Center Police Department and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office for their assistance. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Keith Jones assisted with the DWI investigation.