From the Lufkin Police Department
LUFKIN, TX (News Release) - The Lufkin Police Department on Thursday released a video of the three-county, 120 mph chase that ended early Tuesday morning with the arrest of a teen.
In the video, Douglas Richard, 18, of Lufkin, can be seen running the red light at Timberland and Atkinson Drives, which initiated the traffic stop following a report of a black Chevy Cobalt driving erratically in a neighborhood off Atkinson Drive.
In the video, Richard then accelerates down Atkinson Drive to more than 90 mph headed eastbound onto state Highway 103 east. Richard then continues eastbound into Nacogdoches County, reaching the state Highway 103 east bridge while driving in the wrong lane at speeds of 90-105 mph. He then continues on into San Augustine County, swerving in and out of oncoming traffic.
The chase, which lasted roughly 20 minutes and spanned 27 miles, ended in San Augustine County on FM 1277 at 12:38 a.m. when Richard stopped and surrendered.
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.