Two arrested after high-speed chase in Orange County

A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that a man and woman are in jail after they led deputies in a high-speed chase Wednesday evening.

Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, narcotics investigators with the Orange County Sheriff's Office tried to stop on a black Dodge Charger on FM 1442 just north of FM 105 near the Orangefield area of Orange County. The driver refused to stop and tried to outrun deputies.

When the vehicle reached Interstate Highway 10, it went Westbound on the Interstate at speeds reaching excess of 100 mph.

According to a news release issued by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, deputies saw the driver toss a pistol out of the passenger side window onto the roadway. While Deputies pursued the fleeing vehicle, other Deputies were able to stop and get the gun.

The chase exited the Interstate at FM 1132, and then proceeded back Eastbound onto IH-10. The vehicle continued driving at excessive speeds in order to flee Deputies. The vehicle exited at FM 1136 and traveled to State Highway 12. From there, the suspect led deputies east toward Newton County and then to County Road 7079, where the driver and a passenger left the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area.

The passenger, identified as Jessica Diane Smith, 25, was found hiding in the woods.

 The driver, identified as Jeremy James Wimberly, 37, was not immediately found.

A City of Beaumont Police Department K-9 unit was called to the scene and the dog helped officers find Wimberly in the wooded area.

Investigators determined that the pistol was stolen in Louisiana.

Wimberly and Smith were arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.

Wimberly was booked for evading detention with prior conviction.  This is a third-degree felony.  He was also charged with possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and tampering with physical evidence.  Wimberly was arraigned by Judge David Peck and his bond totals $85,000.

Jessica Smith was booked for evading detention and tampering with physical evidence. Smith was also arraigned by Judge David Peck and her bond totaled $8,500.

Both Smith and Wimberly remain in custody at the Orange County Jail.



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