Traffic violation leads to two felony assault charges

Traffic violation leads to two felony assault charges

Vidor Police and other police agency law officers were involved in a high-speed pursuit of a traffic violator from Highway 12 in northeast Vidor to southern Jasper County on F.M. 105 on Monday afternoon. It turned out the traffic violator was wanted for arrest on seven outstanding arrest warrants. Photo Courtesy of Google Maps

Using the “Left Turn Only” center lane of a Texas Highway to illegally pass slower cars traveling in the regular traffic lanes resulted in an 12-mile Vidor Police pursuit through two municipalities and two counties on Monday afternoon of this week. During the chase, the suspect attempted to ram two Orange County Sheriff’s Office patrol cars that had joined in the high-speed chase.

According to Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll, the dangerous hunt of the traffic violator began on Monday afternoon, June 15, 2020 at about 3:45 p.m., when a Vidor Police officer who was on-patrol in the 3200 block of Highway 12, about three blocks east of Evangeline Dr., spotted a westbound vehicle whose driver was using the centerline “Left Turn Only” lane for the purpose of passing other west bound vehicles on Highway 12.

The officer turned on his patrol car’s emergency lights and got behind the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV to signal the driver for a traffic stop. Instead of slowing down the Tahoe driver sped up westbound and made quick turn right onto westbound F.M. 1132 (Evangeline Dr.) and quickly accelerated to speeds nearing 100 miles per hour. When the Tahoe reached Myrtle Street the driver turned north (right) and sped to the end of the street at Daniels Street. The Tahoe driver continued on Daniels to Call Street where he turned south to head back to F.M. 1132.







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