Zavalla man pleads guilty to ramming USFS vehicle

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - A Zavalla man has pleaded guilty to ramming a US Forest Service officer's vehicle in January of 2017.

Federal documents show Larry Shane McHale, 35, entered a guilty plea on Wednesday in Judge Zack Hawthorn's courtroom in Beaumont. A judge will sentence him at a later date.

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.

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