Man charged after throwing chain saws at officers during high-speed chase
Source: Angelina County Jail
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -
A man is in Angelina County jail with no bond after an hour-long, high-speed chase that spanned three counties and involved eight agencies, according to Lufkin Police Department.
According to Angelina County authorities, Richard Paul Kay was booked today with several charges including evading arrest detention with vehicle, speeding, displaying fictitious license plate, aggravated assault, and tampering physical evidence with intent to impair.
Kay's charges range from traffic misdemeanors to first degree felonies. No bond has been set at this time.
Officers say the incident began as a traffic stop by Lufkin police around 5:10 p.m. on a white Chevy truck driven by Richard Kay, 27. Police say they tried to stop Kay for speeding on the west loop near Lotus Lane.
Kay sped off from the traffic stop, and the officer noticed that his license plate didn’t look right, according to Lufkin PD.
Kay continued around Loop 287 twice at speeds of close to 100 mph. According to police, he did donuts in the median before heading north on U.S. 69 north to Alto.
In Alto, Kay ran out into a field, did more donuts and let out his passenger, Dennis Arceneaux, 35, of San Jacinto, who was taken into custody by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, according to Lufkin police.
The department says Kay also reportedly swerved at an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputy and threw chain saws, believed to have been stolen in a home burglary, at officers.
The chase continued back into Lufkin and Kay headed out U.S. 59 north with multiple agencies following. Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety shot out one of Kay’s tires, but he continued on at 70 mph, driving into oncoming traffic.
The chase came to an end around 6:20 p.m. after a trooper shot out a second tire and Kay’s radiator near Woodland Hills golf course.
After being taken into custody, Kay told officers he swallowed methamphetamine and prescription drugs. Police say he was taken to a local hospital. After being treated, Kay will be taken to the Angelina County Jail on multiple charges.
Police say a search of his truck uncovered items they believe were stolen.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police say this is Kay’s first arrest in Angelina County, but he appears to have a criminal history in the San Jacinto area.
The chase involved Lufkin Police, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Parks & Wildlife, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, Wells Police Department, Alto Police Department and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.