Suspect killed in police chase crash

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV) - An East Texan is dead after a high speed police chase, and he was just released from jail this week. Authorities in Morris County said around 3:00 this morning, 44 year old Anthony Coleman of Longview started the chase on highway 259, going all the way into Daingerfield.

Police dash cam video showed Coleman speeding over 100 miles an hour, running from a traffic violation.

"It started out as just a failure to make a safe lane change that turned into a fatality," Lone Star Police Chief Larry Fleet said.

Coleman had just been released from Upshur county jail yesterday, and was driving a stolen vehicle when spotted by Lone Star patrol officer Susan Laake.

"We try to stay ahead of the chase, she made sure that intersections and oncoming traffic was taken care of by other agencies," Fleet said.

Officer Laake stayed with Coleman while radioing ahead to Daingerfield police.

"Once you get into a pursuit stage you really don't know what you have ahead of you," said Fleet.

The end came with Coleman overshooting a turn at Highway 11 and crashed head on into a power pole. His vehicle then went airborne, flew nearly 100 feet, then crashed into an embankment and rolled into a parking lot. Coleman was killed instantly. Coleman had a long arrest record and knew stopping meant going back to jail.

Police say they couldn't have done anything more to save Coleman.

"Officer involved pursuit, our main priority is the safety of the general public," Fleet said. "The officer pursued the vehicle , did her job, the suspect decided he wanted to carry the pursuit to the end and he made that final decision not us."

Coleman's arrest record included everything from evading arrest, to forgery to drug charges. His body has been sent for an autopsy.

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