Reports: Man arrested for high-speed chase with U-Haul for 2nd time in month
KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - A California man arrested in Kilgore following a high-speed chase with a U-Haul was out on bond from a chase in California last month, according to a California newspaper.
According to Larry Christian with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Friday’s pursuit started at 11:33 a.m. when deputies tried to stop a vehicle towing a trailer at I-20 and County Road 431. The driver of the blue Ford pickup was towing a trailer that had been reported stolen, according to Christian. A Facebook post by the Kilgore Police Department reported that the trailer was “full of marijuana” and that spike strips and blockades were used in an attempt to stop the driver, later identified as Rick Dixon, 61, of North Fork, California.
Christian said Dixon refused to stop and a pursuit began going at speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The vehicle and trailer were spiked multiple times during the course of the pursuit. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit, which went into Kilgore.
Christian said the vehicle ran numerous stoplights as it went through Kilgore. Eventually, the vehicle tried to make a U-turn on Highway 259 just south of I-20 when it was cornered by law enforcement. The driver was taken into custody at 12:10 p.m., according to Christian.
Dixon is charged with evading arrest, theft and delivery of a controlled substance. He is being held on a collective bond of $1,550,000.
According to the Victorville Daily Press, a newspaper out of California, Dixon was arrested on Oct. 21 after leading law enforcement officials on a wrong-way, high-speed chase along I-15 between Barstow and Victorville. This chase also involved a U-Haul, also reported stolen. According to the Daily Press, officers tried to stop him, but Dixon led a pursuit through the streets of Barstow. At one point, he disconnected the trailer and got on I-15 and drove over 100 miles per hour, the article states.
The article states Dixon exited the freeway, where state police deployed spike strips. Dixon’s truck collided with a curb and he was arrested.
San Bernadino County records show Dixon was charged with two charges of evading arrest, one charge of obstruction and one charge of transporting marijuana. He was released on Oct. 22 after posting bond. The Daily Press reports Dixon’s bond was set at $100,000.
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