ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 39-year-old man on Monday after he fled a traffic stop and led law enforcement on a chase that went all through the Homer area and wound up crashing in a wooded area in Huntington.
Travis Wayne Roberts, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony attempt to commit aggravated assault against a peace officer charge, a state-jail felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge, a Class A misdemeanor bail jumping charge, a Class A misdemeanor hindering apprehension charge, and a Class B misdemeanor driving with license invalid charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $102,000.
Reading from the narrative of the report, Capt. Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said that an ACSO deputy was on FM 326 when he spotted a black extended-cab pickup run a stop sign and fail to signal a turn. When the deputy hit his overhead lights, the truck accelerated away from him, and he saw smoke come out from the bottom of it.
The driver of the pickup led the ACSO deputy on a chase up and down roads, including Home Place Road and Homer Cemetery Road, in the Homer area, Lenderman said. Eventually, an ACSO lieutenant and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers joined the pursuit as well.
At one point during the chase, the driver of the pickup swerved toward an ACSO patrol unit coming from the opposite direction in Huntington and then cut across the grass from U.S. Highway 69 to the Carroway Funeral parking lot. Lenderman said the pickup wound up crashing in a nearby wooded area.
The driver, who was later identified as Roberts, got out of the truck with his hands in the air and surrendered to law enforcement, Lenderman said. His two passengers got out as well.
Lenderman said Roberts told deputies that he ran because he had outstanding warrants.
Authorities learned that Candice Brianne Bryson, 33, Hemphill, had an outstanding terroristic threat warrant from Sabine County. She was released from the Angelina County Jail after she posted a bail amount of $3,000.
Roberts has numerous Angelina County arrests on his record. In 2010, he was arrested after ACSO deputies conducted a search at his home in Zavalla and found enough components of a methamphetamine lab to arrest him for certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture and then tracked him down to Huntington.