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Half Dozen Charges Filed Against Motorist by DPS


By Will Johnson                                                                                                                                                         Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY – A male subject was arrested by a Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper after he allegedly rammed the back of a car while travelling east towards Crockett along State Highway (SH) 7 on Saturday evening, Aug.27.

In an affidavit for a warrantless arrest filed by DPS Trooper Bryan Becton, it was stated James Darrell Jones was travelling eastbound on SH 7 and “… was following/chasing another vehicle. The occupants of the other vehicle were a young couple with three children.”

In his report, Becton stated the couple did not “… know the defendant (Jones). The defendant drove into the back of the other vehicle and the other vehicle was afraid to stop.”

Eventually, the couple pulled off the road but informed the trooper Jones kept going. “The other vehicle called 911 and then began to follow the defendant to give the police their location.”

At this point, the report stated Trooper Becton became involved in the incident and was able to pull over the vehicle driven by Jones at the intersection of Loop 304 and SH 19.

The trooper’s report stated, “A check on the defendant revealed his driver’s license was suspended and that he had no insurance on the vehicle. The driver was told to place his hands on the trunk of the vehicle, that he was under arrest, would be handcuffed and was going to jail. The subject fled on foot, I caught him at the front of the vehicle, he got away and then I caught him again. He hit the ground, received eight staples to his head, a broken hand and some road rash.”

Jones was charged with six offenses following his detention. The six charges were: evading arrest; operating a motor vehicle with no insurance and a previous conviction; driving while his license was invalid; driving while intoxicated; resisting arrest; and failure to control speed.

He is still held at the Houston County Jail and his total bond has been set at $10,850.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.

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