Whitehouse man who led deputies on high-speed chase charged with evading arrest, drug possession

Crime & Public Safety

TYLER, Texas (KETK) — A 34-year-old Whitehouse man who led authorities on a high-speed chase Friday night before he was caught hiding in a east Tyler neighborhood faces multiple charges.

Raymond Morgan, 34, was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest (for running from law officers) possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance, judicial records shows.

He was being held Saturday on bonds totaling $20,500.

Morgan was arrested after he was seen by a Smith County Sheriff’s deputy hiding behind a bush at a house on Belle Mere Street, just off Old Omen Road near The University of Texas at Tyler campus, said Larry Christian, Smith County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

When deputies tried to pull Morgan over for a traffic violation near Dogwood City, he sped away toward Tyler and at times topped 100 mph.

Law officers were able to use spikes placed on the roadway to flatten the tires of Morgan’s vehicle. He then pulled into the entrance of Charleston Park subdivision across the street from UT Tyler and took off running between houses, Christian said.

Morgan has been arrested several time since 2015. Judicial records show he has been charged with robbery, driving while intoxicated with a child and drug offenses.

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