NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches man is behind bars in connection to allegations that he fired shots in the vicinity of a home on US Highway 59 and then led sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase that reached speeds of up to 100 mph and resulted in a pursuing NCSO patrol unit striking a power pole.
Christopher Galvan remains behind bars at the Nacogdoches County Jail on five different charges, including third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, third-degree felony tampering with physical evidence, third-degree felony obstruction or retaliation, state-jail felony evading arrest with a vehicle, and Class B misdemeanor driving with an invalid license. The Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace office confirmed those five charges amount to a collective bail of $5 million.
According to a press release, NCSO deputies were dispatched to County Road 521 shortly before 7 p.m. Monday in reference to a 911 call about shots fired.
When the deputies got to that location, they spotted a suspicious-looking vehicle leaving the area and attempted to stop the black Dodge Charger. The driver of the Charger, who was later identified as Galvan, refused to stop and drove down Press Road toward CR 525 at a high rate of speed.
During the chase on CR 525, Galvan ran another vehicle off the road, the press release stated. Then a deputy tried to use tire spikes to stop Galvan's Charger near the intersection of US Highway 59 south.
At that point, Galvan eluded the spikes and swerved toward the deputy, who was outside his patrol unit deploying the tire spike, the press release stated. After the deputy shot at the suspect's tire, Galvan turned on to Highway 59 and headed south at speeds of up to 100 mph.
Galvan made a quick turn onto CR 659, and an NCSO deputy involved in the chase lost control of his vehicle and hit a power pole, the press release stated.
"Deputies were able to capture the suspect near the county line where Cr. 659 loops back into highway 59S," the press release stated. "The suspect was taken into custody without incident."
During the arrest, Galvan, who was the only person in the Charger, was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, the press release stated. Deputies also found a holster and a magazine for a gun in Galvan's car, and authorities are currently searching the area around CR 659, where it is believed that Galvan may have tossed a weapon out during the chase.
"At the time of the arrest Galvan was out of jail on 9 different charges that he is awaiting trial on with bonds that totaled $230,000 dollars," the press release stated.
The press release also stated that NCSO investigators learned that Galvan had been making statements that he would have a shootout with police to avoid going back to jail.
According to the press release, sheriff's deputies also arrested one of Galvan's family members at the scene. Mary Veliz, 43, of Nacogdoches, was arrested after she showed up near the intersection of CR 659 and US 59 and allegedly continued to interfere with the investigation after she was told to leave the scene several times.
Veliz was charged with Class B misdemeanor interfering with public duties and Class C misdemeanor failure to identify.
"A deputy with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office that was involved in the accident was treated for minor injuries in the accident at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and was later released," the press release stated. "The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident."