HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Houston County authorities arrested a 24-year-old Houston man Monday after he allegedly stole a pickup, ran a deputy off the road, and then led the deputy on a short chase.
Randolph Hollingsworth was booked into the Houston County jail on a first-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant charge and a state-jail felony evading arrest and detention with a vehicle charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Houston County Sheriff's Office deputy was patrolling US Highway 287 South in an attempt to find a 2015 Chevrolet pickup that had been stolen in Trinity County. Earlier that day, Houston County dispatch received word that Hollingsworth had allegedly stolen the pickup from the Spitfire store in Pennington and was possibly headed toward Crockett.
As the NCSO deputy approached the County Road 4125 intersection about four and a half miles south of Crockett, he spotted a tungsten-colored Chevy pickup traveling north "at what appeared to be a high rate of speed," the affidavit stated. Several seconds later, the pickup entered the southbound lane and headed straight toward the deputy's patrol unit.
After the driver of the pickup, who was later identified as Hollingsworth, swerved toward the patrol unit, the HCSO was forced to take evasive action to avoid a head-on collision and wound up in a ditch, the affidavit stated.
Once the deputy got turned around, he chased the pickup to Texas Loop 304 on Crockett with his lights and siren on. At that point, the deputy was able to arrest Hollingsworth because responding Crockett Police officers had the road blocked.