Dallas man leads troopers on 27-mile chase Thursday night

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 12, 2008 - A Dallas man led state troopers on a 27-mile car chase and ended in Greenville, where he was apprehended late Thursday.

James William Caldwell, 60, of Dallas was arrested and transported to Hopkins County jail where he was booked on the felony charge of evading arrest in a motor vehicle, as well as on the misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated-first offense and resisting arrest.

The chase occurred around 11:30 p.m. when Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers George Greenway IV and Nick Moore noticed a westbound Mercury Grand Marquis' license plate light was out. The troopers attempted to stop the car Interstate 30 in Sulphur Springs, but the car failed to stop. Troopers initiated a pursuit of the car. They followed the car on I-30 to Greenville, where police put out road spikes. Once the car struck the spikes, it pulled to the shoulder and stopped.

However, that wasn't the end of the chase. The driver, later identified as Caldwell, jumped from the car and attempted to continue fleeing from the officer. Officers forced him to the ground on the side of I-30 and placed him in custody.

Caldwell was taken by Greenway and Moore to Hopkins County jail, where he was subjected to field sobriety tests in the parking lot. Caldwell exhibited all 6 indicators of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests. He admitted to taking Valium and smoking marijuana. He later admitted he'd taken an "unknown pill." He submitted to a blood stick for testing, and was booked for felony evading arrest, DWI and resisting arrest.

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