dangerous police chase started on an Interstate, escalated to gunfire, and
ended in the woods.
Around 7 a.m., a DPS trooper stopped a vehicle for
turning onto an entrance ramp going the wrong way on I-20 near Highway 42,
outside of Kilgore.
manner the subject was driving was definitely going to endanger the lives of
the public," said Highway Patrol Officer Jacob Muelhstein.
say 24-year-old Jason Ragan didn't just evade, he had exited at Highway 42 at a
was a high rate of speed, individual accelerated to over 100 MPH. He
disregarded the stop sign, crossed the intersection almost striking several
vehicles," Muelhstein says.
when they say Ragan did the unexpected: turned, and came towards Trooper
that point we decided it was imperative to terminate the pursuit, we did fire three
rounds into the subject's vehicle so the subject couldn't make it into a more
populated area such as Longview or Kilgore," the trooper added.
having his tires shot out Ragan, lost control of his vehicle and went down a
ravine, but he wasn't done running yet. Seeing a heavily wooded area nearby, he
bailed out and tried to disappear into the woods.
Police say Ragan was wanted
in Van Zandt County, with up to five warrants. He tried to slip through police
lines, but had no such luck.
had enough officers to set up a quick perimeter and he was captured," says
Kilgore Police Captain Roman Roberson.
Troopers found what appears to be meth
in the vehicle.
Ragan was charged with drug possession and felony evading
arrest, and remains in the Gregg County Jail.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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