SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said a man was arrested last Thursday after leading law enforcement on a pursuit.
According to a press release, on March 7 at 11:21 pm, a Smith County Sheriff’s Patrol Sergeant was traveling north on County Road 35 (Lavender Road). As he continued north, he observed a vehicle traveling in the same direction weaving in and out of the traffic lane. The Sergeant continued to follow as the vehicle exceeded the posted speed limit.
The press release said a traffic stop was initiated on a green Chevrolet truck in the 12400 block of County Road 35. The white male driver was contacted and was acting extremely nervous while being questioned by the Sergeant. When he was asked to step out of the vehicle, the suspect sped away north on County Road 35 at which time a pursuit was initiated. After a short distance, the driver crashed into a tree and immediately tried to exit the passenger door of the truck. The Sergeant was quickly able to apprehend the suspect and place him under arrest. The suspect was subsequently identified as Dakota Allen – 26 of Tyler.
Additional Sheriff’s personnel responded to this location to assist. During the course of the investigation a zippered bag was located containing approximately two pounds of crystal methamphetamine, various instruments used for the sale of narcotics and over $7,000 in cash.
Dakota Allen was taken to the Smith County Jail where he was booked in for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance PG 1 >=200G <400G, Evading Arrest or Detention w/Vehicle and Tampering with Physical Evidence. Bonds totaling $105,000 were set on these charges by J.P. Pct. 1 Quincy Beavers.
Due to the alertness and proactivity of this Patrol Sergeant and the assistance of other Smith County Sheriff’s Patrol personnel, a significant amount of narcotics were taken off of the streets of Smith County.