|15-mile car chase ends in trees;
Addison man held on felony DWI, evading charges
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
Sept. 6, 2006 -- An Addison man went to jail last night after leading authorities on a nine-minute chase on Interstate 30 from Cumby to Sulphur Springs.
Todd Lloyd Plummer, 39, was charged with felony evading arrest in a vehicle and felony driving while intoxicated, third or more offense.
Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Cleve Williams attempted to stop a red Dodge Durango he observed speeding at the 110 mile marker on Interstate 30 shortly after 9 p.m. Instead of pulling over, the driver of the Durango continued east on I-30, at times reaching speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.
Williams altered dispatchers and other officers in the area of the pursuit. Sgt. Jason Ricketson, who was also patrolling in the area, pulled in behind Williams and radioed details of the pursuit to dispatchers so that Williams could focus on following the fleeing vehicle.
City police officers were in place to "contain" the chase to the interstate, limiting the Dodge's access to exits beginning at the 120 mile marker to ensure it did not detour through town, Williams said.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Trent Price put out road spikes at the 125 mile marker on Interstate 30 just east of the Radio Road overpass.
The truck ran over the spikes, which punctured three of the truck's tires, causing them to deflate. That didn’t deter the driver, however. The truck continued across the south side median and East Shannon Road, and through the open fields beside Shannon Oaks Church. The truck finally came to a stop after wrecking in a tree line at the edge of a creek bed, according to Williams.
Plummer "bailed out of the truck," which was undamaged aside from deflated tires and scratches from the brush in the field. Williams and Ricketson ran after Plummer, catching him no more than 10 steps from the truck.
Williams credited SSPD Patrol Officer Mike Morgan for assisting as the chase entered town and and Lt. Antwone Young at the crash site.
Plummer was taken into custody in the 1100 block of East Shannon Road by State Trooper Bill Reese, who charged the Addison man with felony drunk driving. The incident marked the third time he has been arrested for drunken driving. Williams also charged him with felony evading arrest in a vehicle.
Plummer remained in the county jail at 11 a.m. Wednesday in lieu of $10,000 bond on the felony DWI charge and $5,000 bond on the evading arrest charge.