|Two arrested in separate chases Sunday evening|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
July 31, 2006 - A 24-year-old Duncanville man lead state troopers on a three-county chase beginning in Hopkins County and ending in rural Camp County last night. Around the same time, local police also pursued a man alleged to have injured his son’s mother and damaged her residence Sunday night in Sulphur Springs.
The Duncanville driver first caught State trooper Brian Worley's attention around 11:30 p.m. Sunday due to his erratic driving on State Highway 11 east.
When Worley turned on his lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the car, the man accelerated to 90 miles an hour instead of slowing and stopping. Worley advised other area officers and dispatchers he was initiating a pursuit, and continued following the fast moving car east on SH 11, through Winnsboro and into Camp County.
After entering Camp County the fleeing driver, later identified as Daymeon Delmond Johnson, turned off of SH 11, taking several county roads and circling the area. As he approached the intersection of Camp County roads 3418 and 3420, Johnson "baled out of the rolling vehicle," holding onto a large brown bag as he ran.
After a brief foot chase, he was taken into custody more than 35 miles from where the chase. An inspection of the brown bag revealed six plastic bags of marijuana, resulting in his arrest not only for felony evading arrest or detention in a vehicle but also for felony possession of marijuana. The evading charge was enhanced to a second-degree felony due to two previous convictions, according to the trooper's reports.
While the trooper was engaged in the three county chase and foot pursuit, police and sheriff’s deputies were busy searching for a Cumby man, 34, who reportedly assaulted the mother of his 12-year-old son while at a Helm Lane apartment then took off on foot.
Officers began looking for the man around 11:20 p.m. Sunday after receiving information the suspect had grabbed the woman by the throat then forced her head into a wall several times. The woman had scratches and red marks on both sides of her throat and the alleged assailant kicked in the front door of the apartment and threw a cell phone through a bedroom wall.
The 12-year-old fled the residence to avoid becoming a victim as well. Officers said Sunday night was not the first time they have responded to violence at the couple’s residence.
However, the man's capture was credited to alert citizens who spotted him in a Shannon Road field located next to the complex. The citizens, armed with clubs, stopped and detained the man until police arrived to arrest him for family violence assault.