LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Lufkin police have released dashcam and bodycam footage from a high-speed chase and arrest from Tuesday afternoon.
Jason Brightwell, 29, was arrested on a charge of evading arrest after he allegedly fled from officers in a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Smith County. The police report states that officers initially were called to assist another agency to search for the vehicle, however after a short time an officer came upon the vehicle on Farm to Market Road 2021 and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. Brightwell allegedly refused to stop before leading police units on a nine-minute, high-speed pursuit.
Police say Brightwell eventually stopped at a home off FM 2021 and fled on foot with officers in pursuit. The foot chase continued through a wooded area before officers were able to apprehend Brightwell and take him into custody outside a nearby home on HH Allen Road.
The video shows police decide to take a non-lethal approach after finding the suspect lying in a driveway facedown.