High-speed chase in Rusk County ends in fatal crash

RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A high-speed chase that occurred in Rusk County late Sunday ended with a fatal crash.

According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, the high-speed chase started in Tatum shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday night. A Tatum police officer tried to pull a car over, and the driver fled, heading toward Henderson on State Highway 43.

Other law enforcement agencies were alerted, and an RCSO deputy gave chase about four miles outside of Henderson. The Rusk County Sheriff's Office spokesperson said the deputy had to drive more than 130 mph to catch up to the fleeing car, which was clocked at 109 mph.

The suspect took the car down the wrong side of the road several times, and narrowly missed two Texas Department of Public Safety patrol units.

The case came to an end at "the star" in Henderson where five highways meet. The intersection had been shut down by police.

The suspect drove straight through the intersection and crashed into a parked 18-wheeler with a log trailer. According to the Rusk County Sheriff's Office, the driver died on impact.

Tatum Police Department officers, Rusk County Sheriff's Office deputies, and DPS troopers were involved in the chase.

A spokeswoman for the Tatum Police Department declined to give any details, but she did say it is an ongoing investigation.

No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

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