LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin Police officer arrested a 34-year-old man Wednesday night after the man allegedly drove recklessly on Southwood Drive and then drove off when the officer tried to pull him over.
In the process, the suspect almost hit another vehicle head on, according to the Lufkin Police Department's daily activity report.
Louis Charles Skinner, of Lufkin, was arrested and charged with state-jail felony evading arrest with a vehicle and two misdemeanor charges - failure to drive in a single lane and possession of drug paraphernalia. No bail amount was available Thursday morning.
According to the police report, an LPD officer was patrolling Southwood Drive at about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday night when he saw Skinner's Chevrolet Suburban SUV make a sudden swerve into the oncoming lane.
The LPD officer followed Skinner's SUV to Saddle Creek Drive to make sure that he wasn't drunk or impaired in some other way. When the officer went to turn around, he saw the Suburban dart into the oncoming lane of traffic and then drive away at about 70 mph, the report stated.
At that point, the LPD officer tried to get the SUV to pull over. However, Skinner, allegedly fled the traffic stop. The SUV passed the vehicle in front of it, almost hitting it in the process, and narrowly missed hitting an oncoming vehicle in the other lane head on.
"[Skinner] jerked back into his lane, and his vehicle apparently suffered an issue," the police report stated. "Smoke could be seen coming from the engine compartment, the lights turned off, and he slowed to about 20-30 mph."
Eventually, the SUV rolled to a stop, and the LPD officer ordered Skinner out of his Suburban. Skinner was taken into custody.
According to the police report, a search of Skinner's vehicle revealed a baggie of what was believed to be K2.