NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested a 42-year-old man on a felony evading charge early Monday morning after witnesses spotted him passed out in a car in the Taco Bell drive through, and then he led the NPD on a short chase before he crashed into a utility pole.
Dustin Lee Jones, of Nacogdoches, is still being held in the Nacogdoches Jail on a state-jail felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge and a Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated - second charge. No bail amounts have been set for his charges yet.
Lt. Tim Goerner with the Nacogdoches Police Department said witnesses called 911 at about 11:59 p.m. Sunday to report that a man was passed out in a car in the Taco Bell drive through. When the NPD officer arrived on the scene, the man had woken up and was driving south on North Street when the officer spotted his car.
Goerner said that Jones had trouble staying in the same lane, so the NPD officer pulled him over on Craven Street. When a second officer arrived to provide some backup, Jones allegedly sped off as soon as the officer got out of his patrol unit.
Jones led NPD officers on a short chase on the Nacogdoches side streets that run behind the Brookshire Brothers store on South Street, Goerner said. He traveled on Virginia and Lock streets, ran a stop sign at one point, and struck a utility pole when he tried to make the turn onto Townsend Street, Goerner said.
Goerner said the chase ended because the crash disabled Jones' car. However, the NPD officers at the scene had to call an Oncor worker to the scene because they didn't know the if the downed power lines were live or not. Jones allegedly sat in his car smoking a cigarette until the officers determined the power lines weren't live, and they pulled him out of the car.
Jones was taken to a Nacogdoches hospital to be checked out, and after medical staff cleared him, he was taken to the county jail.