CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A scary police chase through Crockett and Grapeland ended with two police vehicles being shot at and two suspects with ties to the Aryan Brotherhood in custody.
According to a press release from Crockett Police Chief David Cross, officers were called out to Snyder Trailer Park on Loop 304 around 3 a.m. on Sunday about a suspicious person trying to break into trailers. Cross said officers were able to spot the vehicle leaving and they were able to make a stop.
Cross said while one officer talked to the male in the vehicle, a second officer spotted a shotgun on the passenger side and alerted the first officer. Cross said at that moment, the driver, identified as Earl Williams, 24 from Georgia, sped off from the officers.
"Crockett PD officers began pursuing the vehicle north on Fourth Street through town, and it crossed over the square and continued north on Fourth Street," Cross said. "The vehicle crossed Loop 304 and headed north on Highway 287 headed towards Grapeland. Grapeland PD officers joined the pursuit. The actors inside the vehicle began firing the shotgun at the pursuing officers. They shot out the back window of their car and the rounds struck two of Crockett PD's patrol cars in the front hood area and the front windshield area of both police cars."
Cross said the shells used were filled with bird shot and were not strong enough to break the glass.
"Most of it reflected off," Cross said. "If it would have been a larger load in the shotgun, we would have had a different outcome."
Cross said the chase ended after Williams turned down FM 228 and drove about five miles before running off the road and hitting a fence.
"A fence pole actually penetrated the front windshield of the suspect vehicle but did not strike either Williams [or his passenger Kayleigh Davis, 24 from Georgia]," Cross said. "[Williams] fled on foot and officers chased him on foot and were able to catch up to him. He did not follow officer's commands and resisted officers, and CPD officer deployed his Taser. The male suspect continued to resist and officers were able to get him handcuffed after a brief struggle."
Cross said Davis fled into the woods and she was caught several minutes later by officers and was taken into custody. The press release states Williams and Davis had meth that was recovered. Cross said the shotgun the suspects used to shoot at officers and spent shells were recovered from the suspect vehicle.
Williams was wanted on a probation and parole warrant from Georgia. He is also being charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of evading arrest, failure to identify, resisting arrest, and possession of a controlled substance.
Davis is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of evading arrest or detention, and possession of controlled substance.
"We would like to thank Grapeland PD for their assistance with this pursuit and the capture of these dangerous criminals," Cross said. "Lt. Lum, Sgt. Fajardo, and Officer Little did a great job in apprehending these two very dangerous fugitives. The bullets fired at officers did not penetrate all the way through the vehicle and therefore no officers were struck or injured by the projectiles. If the suspects would have had a different load of ammo in the shotgun, we might not have been as fortunate. Our officers showed great bravery in pursuing these armed fugitives' as they were taking fire. This job is getting more and more dangerous every year and we should be proud of the men and women who wear the badge who put their lives in danger each day to protect others."
Williams was given a collective bond of $475,000. Davis was given a bond of $422,000. Cross said federal charges are a possibility.