High-speed chase ends in crash with deputy

Willie James Rudd. Photo Source: Harrison County
Willie James Rudd. Photo Source: Harrison County
Courtney Hicks. Photo Source: Harrison County
Courtney Hicks. Photo Source: Harrison County

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HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A high-speed chase after a home invasion ends in a crash involving a Harrison County deputy.

Around 5:30 a.m. 911 dispatched the Sheriff's Department to Karnak, Texas. On the way there, the suspect's vehicle was spotted, and a deputy gave chase. But, the chase was over shortly after it began.

A mother and her daughter were asleep at a house on Jay Street in Karnak when the break-in happened. After tying up the mother and grabbing a laptop and a Wii game system, the suspects fled south on Highway 43 heading to Marshall. Minutes later, a Harrison County deputy spotted a car matching the suspect's. The deputy turned around, according to Harrison County Administrative Deputy Jay Webb. At this point the stolen merchandise flew out the suspects' windows, and they tried to turn down a county road.

"Once he made that hard left turn onto Marshall-Leigh Road, the suspect vehicle, to negotiate this, had to slow down, move over into the right-hand land and then come back almost at a 90-degree angle," said Webb. "The deputy then tried to follow right behind that vehicle, and that vehicle sideswiped him."

Both cars came to an abrupt stop.

"There was three suspects in the car," said Webb. "The driver of the vehicle was captured at the location, the second suspect was captured a short time later after a foot chase at a friend's residence, and the third suspect is an unknown suspect and we're still pursuing leads on that to try to determine who he was."

Courtney Hicks made it to a friend's house. Willie James Rudd of Marshall has a history. He was wanted for a Harrison County home invasion back in June. In that incident, deputies say he was shot and made it in and out of a Louisiana hospital before authorities could pick him up.

Rudd and Hicks are in the Harrison County Jail.

Rudd has five charges against him, including Kidnapping for tying up the mother, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and an Outstanding Warrant for Burglary of a Habitation. His bonds total $1,450,000. Hicks has one charge with a $500,000.

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