RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A wild and dangerous high speed chase through two East Texas counties lands a Gladewater couple in jail on a flurry of charges. It happened earlier this week as police pursued a stolen truck from Highway 259 in Kilgore through Henderson.
The stolen pick-up raced through Henderson, first, nearly colliding with a cement truck.
"The manner in which he drove especially toward the end...a cement truck pulled out that easily could have killed or injured the two passengers," said Lt. Craig Sweeney, Henderson PD.
Marino Gunter, 25, of Gladewater and Jessica Joyce, 21, of Longview were arrested after police say they came close to hitting several vehicles and even a gas station.
"Not only the building, the gas pumps, possible explosion or fire, but the vehicle almost hit broadside," said Sweeney.
Both had warrants in several counties, but what they did not know is the man pursuing them, was Lt. Kenneth Byrd, a high speed pursuit instructor.
"So he's very well versed in the mechanic's of driving in a pursuit...and he's very good at it," said Sweeney. "They went into a residential area and they were stuck they couldn't get out."
Cornered, the two tried to escape on foot, but both were quickly captured. Despite the nail-biting moments of this chase, no one nor their property was injured.
The pair were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading detention/arrest with a motor vehicle as well as evading arrest/detention on foot, as well as manufacture of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana.
Both are in the Rusk County Jail.