Two injured in single-vehicle accident following pursuit by Smith County deputy
From the Smith County Sheriff's Department:
TYLER, TX – A Smith County man and woman were involved in a one-vehicle accident earlier tonight after a short pursuit by a Smith County deputy.
While on patrol on FM 344 just west of FM 756, Canine Deputy Corey Cameron attempted to stop a 2005 gold passenger car after the vehicle's driver repeatedly failed to dim his headlights. Deputy Cameron's intentions were to investigate the driver to ensure he was not driving while intoxicated.
The vehicle, driven by Joe David Hubbard, age 42 of Smith County, fled and a brief pursuit ensued. The vehicle being operated by Mr. Hubbard left the roadway and crashed approximately one mile west of Highway 110 on FM 344.
Hubbard sustained what appear to be non-life threatening injuries and was taken by air to a Tyler hospital. The condition of the passenger in the vehicle, Crysta Chambers, age unknown, of Tyler, is currently being evaluated.
The Department of Public Safety is investigating the collision. Hubbard has not been taken into custody at this time, however he is facing numerous criminal charges, including a possible outstanding state warrant for parole violation.
Hubbard is suspected by the Department of Public Safety of leaving the scene of a head on accident earlier last week on Highway 110 south of Whitehouse in Smith County. That incident remains under investigation by DPS at this time.
Other information will be released as it becomes available.