HENDERSON, Texas (KETK) – Rusk County authorities have released more details about a chase involving a stolen 18-wheeler.
Just after 6 a.m. on Monday, the Kilgore Police Department notified the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office that a loaded tractor trailer rig was stolen from their city. According to authorities, they located the stolen vehicle near FM 1716 in Rusk County and attempted to stop it.
The driver of the tractor trailer rig “attempted to strike an RCSO patrol vehicle, and a lengthy pursuit ensued,” according to a press release from Rusk County Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez. The press release stated that when more deputies arrived in the area, the driver of the stolen rig attempted to run responding deputies off the road.
“Several times, the driver attempted to use the big rig as a weapon against RCSO deputies while travelling on FM 1716 and FM 782, and also endangered area motorists during their morning commute,” Valdez stated.
A RCSO deputy shot out the tires in an attempt to stop the driver, and the pursuit continued through Henderson, with Henderson PD assisting by blocking intersections.
The driver of the stolen truck turned southbound on to Highway 259 towards Mount Enterprise, officials said. Once south of Henderson, DPS troopers spiked some of the vehicles tries.
“At one point during the pursuit, the driver of the stolen rig called in to RCSO dispatch and stated that he would defend himself by ‘shooting back’ if deputies shot at his vehicle again.”Press release from Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez
With more tires disabled, the truck stopped on Highway 259, north of FM 1798. After a brief standoff with the driver, the suspect surrendered, RCSO said. The suspect was taken to the emergency room in Henderson to be medically cleared before being placed in the Rusk County Jail on multiple felony charges. The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.
The RCSO thanked the Tatum Police Department and all the law enforcement officers who assisted in a safe resolution of this dangerous situation.