LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - Days after a 100-mph chase that resulted in the arrest of a Missouri man, the department released a 14-minute video showing the highlights of the hour-long pursuit.
Chief Gerald Williamson said the video is a testament to the level of coordination displayed by the eight agencies involved for such a volatile situation to end with no injuries.
"The officers used their radios and other means to communicate the actions of individual agencies to coordinate the efforts, so it ultimately resulted in the apprehension of a suspect who is involved with several other individuals who have been on a crime spree for several weeks now," Williamson said. "Hopefully because of this apprehension, it will result in many charges being filed."
The incident began as a traffic stop for speeding at 5:11 p.m. Sunday on Lufkin's west loop and ended at 6:17 p.m. just inside Nacogdoches city limits near Woodland Hills golf course. After being taken into custody, Kay told officers he swallowed methamphetamine and prescription drugs and was taken to CHI St. Luke's Memorial Health in Lufkin.
The GMC Kay drove was found to have been reported stolen and had an assortment of items inside believed to have been taken in home burglaries.
Kay was later booked into the Angelina County Jail where he remains on a $250,000 bond charged with evading arrest, aggravated assault, evading arrest with a vehicle, speeding, displaying a fictitious license plate, tampering with evidence and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
During the pursuit, Kay let his passenger, Dennis Arceneaux, 35, of San Jacinto County, out of the vehicle in a field in Alto. Arceneaux went unnoticed by officers in the dusty field, but a homeowner saw him and called Alto Police, who questioned the man.
"This guy and his partner seemed to have been involved in a drug-induced crime spree and we hopefully have put an end to their criminal activity for some time," Williamson said.
Williamson said he would like to thank 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 for their involvement.