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Shots fired, perimeter put end to dangerous, wrong-way ETX police pursuit

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Jason Ragan. (Source: Gregg County Jail) Jason Ragan. (Source: Gregg County Jail)

A 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.

"The manner the subject was driving was definitely going to endanger the lives of the public," said Highway Patrol Officer Jacob Muelhstein.

Authorities say 24-year-old Jason Ragan didn't just evade, he had exited at Highway 42 at a blazing speed.

"It 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.

That's when they say Ragan did the unexpected: turned, and came towards Trooper Muelhstein.

"At 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.

After 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.

"We 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.


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