High-speed chase through Wood County ends with crash, arrest

High-speed chase through Wood County ends with crash, arrest
Samuel Socia of Whitehouse (Source: Rains County Sheriff's Office)

RAINS COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A Rains County deputy’s attempt at a traffic stop evolved into a high-speed pursuit through Wood County.

Wednesday at approximately 3 p.m., Deputy Beck with the Rains County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling on US 69 close to Alba following a white 4-door car for excessive speed. The suspect sped through Alba heading south towards Mineola driving in excess of 100 mph and higher at times, passing into oncoming traffic on the shoulder, according to the Rains County Sheriff’s Office.

After a seven-minute chase south towards Mineola, the suspect tried to turn onto a Wood County road at over 90 mph and crashed into a ditch and telephone pole.

Samuel Socia of Whitehouse was taken to the Quitman ER, released with minor injuries, then charged with evading in a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Socia is being held on a $15,000 bond.

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