UPDATE: Suspect in high speed chase identified

One of the trucks in the high speed chase.
One of the trucks in the high speed chase.
Justin Toole. Photo Source: Cherokee County
Justin Toole. Photo Source: Cherokee County

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Police have identified the man involved in the high-speed chase in Cherokee County Thursday as 20-year-old Jesse Tool, of Whitehouse.

Toole is now jailed after a chase with police, that started with a car, continued on foot, and then ended with a truck.

The pursuit started on highway 79 when New Summerfield Police tried to pull over the car for speeding, but the driver wouldn't stop. Police chased that driver to highway 110 in Troup.

"We turned around and he just took off," said Cherokee County Precinct 4 Constable Jamie Beene.

Way up high in the sky and down on the ground, authorities were on the lookout, after a driver who just wouldn't stop.

"We started out from highway 79, traveled through several county roads," said Beene.

Beene says he tried to pull over a gold Ford Focus for speeding, but ended up on a 25 minute winding chase through the back roads of Cherokee County. Speeds topping out at 110 miles per hour.

"Apparently he frequents my county roads quite a bit for him to go down them back roads like he did," said Beene. "At one time we were running a hundred miles an hour down a county road we were going 120 mph down highway 110."

Eventually the speed caught up to Toole. He crashed his car then took off running, leaving his injured passenger behind.

"The male bailed and run, went across the median or across the road stole on another vehicle and come out across the woods," said New Summerfield Police Chief Paul Hammack.

Fifteen minutes later, police say he plowed through a field in the stolen truck. He crashed again and ran through the woods for nearly two hours before he was finally arrested.

A wild ride, Beene says he's happy is over.

Toole is being held on $50,000 bond for evading arrest and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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