A Sulphur Springs man was jailed Sunday morning on two felony charges following a vehicle chase from Sulphur Springs along the interstate to Brashear.
Danny Joe Woodard, 27, of Sulphur Springs was arrested at 7:42 a.m. Sunday on County Road 4712 at FM 2653 by Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Brad Horton for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and tampering with physical evidence, both third-degree felony offenses.
Horton, according to arrest reports, tried to stop a silver 2005 Ford Escape Sunday morning in the 300 block of South Hillcrest Drive. On his reports, the officer indicated he knew from previous dealings that Woodard, who he believed to be the driver, previously had no license, only an ID card. The officer had dispatchers check and confirm the man still didn’t have a license, then attempted to stop Woodard.
Instead of stopping, Woodard pulled into QES, watched the officer out of his mirror and circled the parking lot before pulling back onto Hillcrest Drive. He then traveled south to the Interstate 30 service road before turning west at a faster pace, Horton noted on police reports. The officer called in the chase, alerting other law enforcement in the area about the vehicle pursuit.
Woodard continued on the north service, traveling in more than one lane at times, to the 116 mile marker on I-30. Horton reported seeing Woodard throwing things out the window as he drove.
The chased turned onto FM 2653, continuing north to State Highway 11 west. Woodard then reportedly turned around in a private gravel road before getting back on FM 2653, headed south. According to Horton’s report, as Woodard tried to turn onto County CR 4712, he lost control of the sport utility vehicle, which went off the road and stopped in a brush thicket.
The officer reported that as he approached Woodard, the man got out of his vehicle and tried to run into a wooded area. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Josh Banta, who had been following behind Horton, captured Woodard at the woods.
Horton noted that when asked what he threw out the window, Woodard told officers he had tossed antidepressant pills and a pill bottle.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Evans went back along the area the items were thrown out during the chase, located and recovered a bottle and diazepam, believed to be that thrown out during the chase, reports noted.
Consequently, Woodard was arrested for both evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and tampering with physical evidence.
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