GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A quiet Liberty City neighborhood was flooded with law enforcement officers overnight, seeking a fleeing suspect who was shooting a pistol at officers.
The man, 42-year-old Jason Alan Dillard of Winona, is now charged with attempted capital murder.
The chase started around 11:30 Thursday night as a DPS trooper attempted a traffic stop near the Gregg-Smith county line. Numerous shots were fired in the chase by the suspect, who officers noted had a connection to the Twin Peaks bikers shooting in Waco.
"I heard sirens around 11:30, quarter to 12, and come outside, my daughter pulled up, and there were cops all up and down that road," says neighbor Jerry Perkins.
Investigators say Dillard was firing shots through his pickup window as he fled, and driving over 100 miles per hour in stretches. It started when a trooper tried to stop Dillard on a traffic infraction: a broken license tag light. When he fled, Kilgore police and Gregg County sheriff's deputies joined in, as the chase went for miles on the interstate and on back roads.
Perkins says his daughter was run off the road by Dillard.
"Almost hit her, bobbing and weaving in the road, almost hit her," says Perkins.
Dillard was familiar to police. one of nearly 200 people arrested in a shooting among rival biker gangs and police at a Waco restaurant that left nine dead and 17 injured in 2015.
"That guy that rides a motorcycle up and down the road like he does, I knew he was a member of this Cossacks. But I have no idea what had gone on prior to that," says neighbor Danny Waites.
Kilgore police placed spike strips that disabled Dillards truck around Highway 135.
It was at the intersection of Oakwood and Sunshine streets that the wild chase came to an end. Neighbors say a small army of law enforcement stormed in. And while being taken into custody, Dillard fired yet another shot as officers overwhelmed him. Fortunately that shot only hit the ground.
"I've lived here seven years never seen nothing like this. It was scary," Perkins says.