POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 55-year-old man allegedly led authorities on a chase that spanned three counties after he stole an ambulance from Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning.
Derwin Wayne Armstrong, of Center, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge. His bond has been set at $20,000. Armstrong is also facing a theft charge in Nacogdoches County.
According to Sgt. Greg Sowell, a spokesman for the Nacogdoches Police Department, Armstrong stole the ambulance at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday. Sometime later, Diboll Police officers spotted Armstrong driving down U.S. Highway 59 South, said Steve Baker, Diboll's interim police chief.
"He wasn't driving erratic," Baker said. "We were basically just following the vehicle until someone could get ahead and set up the spike strips and deploy the spike strips and disable the vehicle. "
Two DPD officers pursued the stolen ambulance until they got to the Polk County line, and one of them stayed with the ambulance to assist Polk County authorities. Armstrong didn't go any faster than 80 mph during the chase, Baker said.
Polk County deputies set up tire spikes after Armstrong passed through Corrigan. After a tire on the ambulance blew in Seven Oaks, Polk County deputies were able to take Armstrong into custody without any further incident.