LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin 18 year-old is behind bars after he allegedly led police on a three county chase where speeds reached 120 mph.
According to a press release, a call came into dispatch around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday morning about a black Chevy Cobalt "Flying around the neighborhood" with a busted window off of Atkinson Dr. The report continues saying an officer caught up to the suspect vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop after seeing the driver fail to signal at a turn and then run the red light at Atkinson and Timberland Drives.
The driver, later identified as Douglas Richard, did not stop though the officer activated his overhead lights and siren and instead accelerated to more than 90 mph, outbound on Atkinson Drive. The chase began at 12:19 a.m. Richard continued onto state Highway 103 toward Etoile, reaching a top speed of 120 mph and swerving into the oncoming lane, as two other Lufkin officers joined the chase. The pursuit continued for 27 miles through Angelina, Nacogdoches and San Augustine Counties. Richard brought the vehicle to a stop at 12:38 a.m. on FM 1277 in San Augustine County. The officers ordered him out of the car and placed him under arrest as two Sabine County deputies arrived to assist.
The press release stated when asked why he ran, Richard told the officers, because "it was fun." He went on to say that his registration was out and he did not have insurance. He said that because he did not want his vehicle towed, he decided he was going to run. Officers found a 15-inch decorative knife and unopened beer during a search of Richard's car.
Richard is charged with felony evading arrest and several misdemeanor traffic offenses including: expired license plates, fail to signal, no insurance, no driver's license and running a red light.