UPDATE (2:15 P.M.) – Tyler Police released a statement Friday afternoon that a wreck which shut down a portion of South Broadway was the result of a chase with suspected catalytic converter thieves.
The statement said that officers were called to an apartment complex on Chimney Road just before 5 a.m. A witness said a person was suspiciously going from car to car throughout the parking lot.
Officer saw a silver Lexus leaving the area and attempted to pull it over. The car began to drive “at a high rate of speed” on Old Grande Blvd toward South Broadway. The statement said that it was driving on the wrong side of the road.
The Lexus then collided with a patrol car near the intersection. The officer had minor injuries and three suspects ran from the car.
One of the suspects was taken into custody and he was identified as DeAnthony Marquise Brown, a 19-year-old from Houston. He is charged with evading arrest and aggravated assault of a public servant. His bond has been set at $250,000.
A search of the car revealed “multiple catalytic converters and other evidence including saws,” according to the statement. Tyler PD said more charges would be pending.
If you know anybody else who might be involved in this incident or have any other information please contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1000 or Tyler-Smith County Crime Stoppers at 903-597-2833.
UPDATE (9:31 a.m.) – South Broadway Avenue is now fully open.
TYLER, Texas (KETK) – A section of South Broadway Ave. in Tyler will be extra congested Friday morning after an accident.
Tyler Police released a brief statement that there was a wreck at the intersection of Old Grande Blvd. and S. Broadway Ave. around 5:45 a.m.
Southbound traffic on Broadway has been reduced to just one lane.
Police are in the road directing traffic and commuters are encouraged to find an alternate way to work or school,.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.