One in jail after high-speed chase involving U-haul truck

A man is in jail held on $105,000 in bonds after leading Orange County Sheriff's Deputies on a high-speed chase early Monday morning.

A Sheriff's Office spokesperson said a deputy on patrol in the area of North Main St. and Old Hwy 90 in Vidor saw a Ford U-Haul truck speeding just after 12 a.m. The U-haul truck then turned westbound onto Old Hwy 90. The Deputy got behind the truck and the driver of the U-haul turned off the headlights and began accelerating.

The Deputy tried to stop the U-haul truck using emergency lighting equipment and audible siren, but the driver continued without stopping at speeds up to 90 mph. The U-haul truck turned south off Old Hwy 90 onto South Dewitt. The driver continued on South Dewitt until the intersection with Goliad Street where he lost control of the U-haul and got stuck in a yard in the 900 block of Goliad. The Deputy was about to get out of the patrol vehicle when the suspect finally got traction in the U-haul truck and rammed the patrol vehicle. The suspect then tried to drive through the yard and collided with a fence, where the truck once again got stuck. The Deputy got out of his vehicle and approached the U-haul truck. The suspect was revving the engine and attempting to dislodge the truck from the fence. The Deputy yelled at the suspect to stop and the suspect shook his head "no."

The suspect was able to get the truck free from the fence and fled northbound on South Dewitt. The Deputy was able to regain pursuit of the suspect. The suspect turned east onto Byrd Street and drove into a yard in the 300 block where the U-haul truck got stuck again. The Deputy again approached the driver side of the truck and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect tried to free the truck by revving the engine and spinning the tires. As the suspect was trying to get away, the Deputy broke through the glass window on the driver side door and told the suspect to stop. The suspect continued to disregard the Deputy and make every effort to get the truck going again. The Deputy then used a Taser on the driver and the suspect was arrested.

The suspect, identified Dylan Chadwell, 21, of Mauriceville, is charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Felony Evading Arrest, and an outstanding Felony Theft warrant out of Orange County. He was taken to the Orange County Jail where he remains in custody.

Orange County Justice of the Peace David Peck arraigned Chadwell and set his bond at $50,000 for the Evading Arrest, $50,000 for the Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, and the Felony Theft warrant had a $5,000 bond.

A sheriff's office spokesperson said investigators are working to determine if the U-haul truck was stolen.


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