SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County Sheriff’s Office has released dash camera and body camera video of a pursuit and arrest that ended in the discovery of 2 lbs. of meth and more than $7,000 in cash.
Deputies arrested Dakota Allen on March 7 after he sped off during a traffic stop. Before the stop, the deputy whose body camera video was released spotted the green pickup truck Allen was driving weaving in and out of his lane.
“After stopping him and approaching the driver’s side of the vehicle, the driver had insurance papers but no driver’s license,” said Larry Smith, Smith County sheriff. “And when the sergeant asked him for more information, he fled.”
After a short chase, deputies arrested Allen after he crashed into a tree. “Sergeant pursued the vehicle. After catching up with it, found that it had rounded a corner and the vehicle had struck a tree,” said Smith.
With their suspect in custody, deputies got to work investigating why Allen took off in the first place.
“For me, looking at the video, nothing made sense why he ran until the K-9 deputy came up and just right down the road in a ditch, the methampethamine and the currency, we put everything together," said Smith.
Two pounds of meth and $7,000 in cash, which deputies said Allen ditched during the chase. The bag was found not far from the area where Allen crashed, and seemed to have been dropped there along the way. It was a discovery and arrest Smith said was due to hard work and diligence from the deputies in his office.
“It’s hard to explain what happens when things going from a regular traffic stop to a pursuit," Smith explained. “You’ve got to keep your head about you, absolutely.”
The passenger in the truck with Allen was not identified by authorities; it''s unclear whether she was charged. Allen is currently in the Smith County Jail on $105,000 bond.