CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A 36-year-old Sugarland man was arrested in Walker County early Monday morning after he led Crockett police officers on a high-speed chase that spanned three different counties and ended when the suspect's car ran out of gas.
Zachary Dee Brooks was arrested south of Riverside and transported back to the Houston County Jail. He was charged with first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance between 200 and 400 grams, third-degree felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle with a previous conviction, Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest, search, or transport, Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class C misdemeanor disregarding a stop sign.
According to a press release, Crockett Police officers made a traffic stop on a 2012 Nissan Maxima driven by Brooks on State Highway 19 just south of the SH 19 and Loop 304 intersection for disregarding a stop sign.
When the officers attempted to get information from Brooks for the citation, he refused to comply and began reaching around inside his vehicle, the press release stated. He then allegedly rolled up his windows, locked his doors, and refused to obey the officers' commands to leave the vehicle.
At that point, Brooks sped away from the officers on SH 19, heading south toward Lovelady. Two Crockett Police officers pursued the car as it passed through Lovelady and into Trinity County.
The dispatcher contacted the Trinity Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff's Office to ask them to assist with the chase.
According to the press release, Brooks drove through Trinity, crossed over the Trinity River Bridge, passed through Riverside, and headed into Walker County. At that point, Brooks allegedly made a U-turn and headed back north toward Riverside.
Brooks ran out of gas just south of Riverside, and he was taken into custody by Crockett police officers and an officer from Trinity County, the press release stated.
When the officers did an inventory of Brooks' car, they found suspected PCP and suspected marijuana, according to the press release. Brooks was arrested at the scene and transported back to Houston County.