ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - One person is still at large after a driver fled a traffic stop attempt by an Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputy at a high rate of speed, led law enforcement on a 21-mile chase, and then rammed a steel gate at the entrance to a Lufkin apartment complex late Thursday night.
Law enforcement officers arrested the passenger in the pickup at the scene, according to a post that appeared on Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches' Facebook page.
Haley Leann Flowers, 24, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a misdemeanor theft charge Thursday. She was released later that day after she posted a bail amount of $500, according to the jail website.
In the Facebook post, Lt. Ray Stubbs wrote that at about 10:42 p.m. on Thursday, ACSO deputies tried to make a traffic stop on an older model Chevrolet pickup on Lonestar Road for an equipment violation. At that point, the driver took off at a high rate of speed, the Facebook post stated.
The Facebook post stated the chase went on for about 21 miles.
"The pursuit ended at the Shadow Creek II apartments after the driver rammed a steel gate at the entrance then traveled to the rear of the apartments and crashed through a wooden fence and then entered a highline eventually getting stuck, and fleeing on foot.," the Facebook stated.
Flowers was arrested on an outstanding Class C misdemeanor theft warrant, and the driver has been identified as Matthew Randall Dixon, 23, of Lufkin. Now, Dixon is facing charges that include third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance, third-degree felony evading arrest, Class A misdemeanor deadly conduct, an outstanding warrant for motion to revoke probation on an original charge of possession of marijuana, and Class B misdemeanor displaying fictitious registration.
According to the Facebook post, the Lufkin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted the Angelina County Sheriff's Office.