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Overnight chase ends with Tyler man jailed

Brian Wesley Dowdle. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Brian Wesley Dowdle. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) – Authorities say he wanted to go back to prison, and now, an East Texas man is back behind bars after an overnight chase.

Smith County Sheriff's Officials say late Monday night, Brian Wesley Dowdle led Deputies, DPS and Bullard Police on a 25-minute chase.

After the chase, Dowdle reportedly told police he was high on pills. Now, he's in the Smith County Jail facing multiple charges.

Last night's chase is all neighbors could talk about, "It almost sounded like you were at a football stadium. You could hear a bunch of people screaming. You could kind of make out get down," said witness Matthew Wallace.

Bobbi Perritt lives across the street from where the chase ended. She stood at her fence line and snapped pictures.

"'Get out of the car! Get out of the car! Get out of the car now!' And they were cussing and screaming and then I heard the first show and about 15 or 20 shots right after that," recalls Perritt of the incident.

"We look out the window and see a guy with four flat tires, driving like crazy into this neighborhood with 15, 17 cops behind him," explained Perritt.

Pieces of Brian Dowdle's car were scattered across the street. Witnesses say riding on nothing but rims, Dowdle circled the neighborhood twice before authorities blocked him.

Neighbor Bill Wahl thought it was finally over, "All the sudden he accelerates. I mean at full blast and he's heading right for the blockade and just before he got there he turned into the people's driveway, went across their yard and turned back to the main street."

Then authorities say he rammed a Bullard Police car, nearly trampling over officers.

DPS Troopers fired several shots to stop Dowdle's car. Now, he's back in jail—what authorities say he wanted from the beginning.

No officers were injured during the chase.

Dowdle is being held in the Smith County Jail with no bond.

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