Zavalla man accused of ramming USFS vehicle faces federal charges

Zavalla man accused of ramming USFS vehicle faces federal charges
Larry McHale. (Source: Angelina County Jail)

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - A federal grand jury has indicted a Zavalla man accused of ramming a US Forest Service officer's vehicle in January of 2017.

In addition to previous state charges, Larry Shane McHale, 36, now faces federal charges of assaulting an employee of the United States and destruction of government property.

According to a previous report, McHale was driving a four-wheel drive pickup on Jan. 20 when he rammed it into a U.S. Forest Service vehicle and an Angelina County Sheriff's Office vehicle before driving into the Sam Rayburn Reservoir. McHale managed to get away in the dark, according to San Augustine County Sheriff Robert Cartwright. Cartwright said authorities looked for McHale until 2 a.m. the following morning before they called off the search.

McHale was arrested a week later following a high-speed chase with McHale on a motorcycle. He wrecked the motorcycle after deputies with the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office laid out spike strips on FM 705.

The federal indictment was unsealed on May 10. McHale is scheduled for an Aug. 2 pre-trial hearing at the Lufkin federal courthouse.

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