SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office arrested a 29-year-old man on Friday in connection to allegations that on Aug. 2, he tried to ram a car containing his ex-girlfriend and then chased the vehicle at speeds of up to 115 or 120 mph on State Highway 147.
Jonathan Wayne Galloway is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on two felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $100,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, a SACSO deputy was dispatched out to Highway 147 South at 11:44 p.m. on Aug. 2 in reference to an aggravated assault in progress. When he got to the area, he spotted two cars traveling north at about 100 mph.
The deputy turned on his emergency lights and turned his patrol unit around and gave chase to a silver 2012 Honda that was following a 2006 Nissan "at a dangerous distance." Shortly after the deputy lost sight of the two cars, he found the Honda stopped on the side of Highway 147.
Gun drawn, the SACSO deputy got out of his patrol unit and approached the car. He found a woman who appeared to be hyper ventilating in the car's front passenger seat. At first, she was unable to respond to his question about where the driver had gone, but the woman eventually told the deputy that Galloway had fled west into a wooded area, the affidavit stated.
After putting the woman in the back of his patrol unit, the SACSO made contact with the driver of the Nissan, who said that when he and a woman who also happens to be Galloway's ex-girlfriend left the Dollar General Store in Zavalla, Galloway tried to ram him, the affidavit stated.
"Norwood attempted to run from Galloway due to Galloway's previous violent action against him," the affidavit stated. "Norwood stated that Galloway tried to kill him with a hammer at an earlier date and that he filed charges in Angelina County."
According to the affidavit, the man fled north onto the Highway 147 Long Bridge. During that time, Galloway allegedly sped up and drove next to the other car, coming within inches of hitting it. He also allegedly displayed a gun and pointed it toward the other driver.
Several other close calls followed as Galloway continued to chase the man and his ex-girlfriend at speeds of 115 to 120 mph, and they passed through Broaddus, the affidavit stated. The male victim continued to drive north on Highway 147 in an attempt to get to police.
At that point, the SACSO deputy spotted them, and Galloway fled into the wooded area after he pulled his car over to the side of the road, the affidavit stated.
When the deputy's backup arrived on the scene, the K9 deputy and his dog were unable to find Galloway in the woods.
Later, the woman who was in the car with Galloway told the deputies that she had spent the night with him and that he and his ex-girlfriend had a child together and that he chased the Nissan because he wanted to see his child, the affidavit stated.
The driver of the Nissan and Galloway's ex-girlfriend both said they were in fear for their lives, and the man said that if Galloway's vehicle had struck them on Long Bridge, they could have wound up in Lake Sam Rayburn.