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Chambers County traffic stop turned into car, foot chase of armed Ohio convicted felon

During the chase, the suspect was able to slip the handcuffs to the front of his body, make it back to his vehicle with a handgun still inside and flee the scene.

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Texas — A Chambers County traffic stop turned into a car and foot chase, when the driver was revealed to be a convicted felon with a handgun.

A Chambers County Sheriff's Deputy stopped a black Ford Fusion with out-of-state plates for multiple traffic violations on Interstate 10 West bound, Saturday evening.

The vehicle was driving erratically, and it was later learned that is was possibly involved in a hit-and-run accident, according to a Chambers County Sherriff's Office media release.

The driver was identified by law enforcement as Jordan McCormick, a convicted felon from Akron, Ohio. A search of the vehicle revealed that there was a handgun inside. 

When the deputy attempted to arrest McCormick, he was able to place the suspect in handcuffs, but McCormick escaped and ran away. The deputy called for assistance and began chasing McCormick.

During the foot chase, McCormick ran into a wooded area, slipped the handcuffs to the front of his body, made it back to his vehicle with the handgun still inside and drove away from the scene.

Chambers County Deputies and the other law enforcement agencies joined in the car chase which lasted several minutes.  

McCormick fled south on Texas Highway 61 to Barrow White Road and turned towards a dead end, where he turned the vehicle around and began driving erratically towards approaching law enforcements.

A deputy on the scene shot at McCormick’s vehicle as it approached him.

McCormick continued to flee and later ran his car off the road into a barbed-wire fence. He then exited the vehicle with the handgun, and when officials approached him, he placed the weapon to his own head.

McCormick then attempted to again run away, but officials chased and contained him into a large pasture.

Law enforcement began negotiating with McCormick which led to him laying down his weapon and surrendering.

McCormick was taken into custody uninjured.

Credit: Chambers County Sherriff's Department

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From a Chambers County Sheriff’s Office media release:

Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reports, on Saturday, July 31st, 2021, a Chambers County Sheriff’s Office Deputy made a traffic stop on a black Ford Fusion with out of state plates for multiple traffic violations on IH-10, West bound near mile marker 813.  The vehicle was driving erratically and it was later learned that it was possibly involved in an earlier hit and run accident. 

The driver was identified as black male, Jordan McCormick, from Akron, OH.  During a records check, McCormick was found to be a convicted felon. A search of the vehicle revealed that there was a handgun inside. 

When the Deputy went to arrest McCormick, he was able to get him placed in handcuffs but McCormick broke free and began evading on foot away from the Deputy.  The Deputy called for assistance and began chasing the subject on foot.  At one point, McCormick ran into a wooded area and was able to slip the handcuffs in front of his body.  McCormick was able to make it back to his vehicle, with the handgun still inside, and drove away from the scene while still handcuffed. 

Chambers County Deputies, DPS, and Texas Game Wardens joined in pursuit of the vehicle which lasted several minutes.  The vehicle fled south on Texas Hwy 61 to Barrow White Road and turned towards a dead end.  At the dead end of the road, McCormick turned his vehicle around and began driving erratically back towards approaching Deputies, Troopers and Game Wardens.  A Deputy on scene perceived he was in danger and discharged his weapon at McCormick’s vehicle as it approached him. 

 McCormick continued to flee but shortly later ran his vehicle off the road into a barbed wired fence.  McCormick exited his vehicle with a handgun and when Deputies approached, he placed the gun to his head.  McCormick again evaded on foot while Deputies, Troopers and Game Wardens followed and contained him in a large pasture.  A negotiation process began between law enforcement and McCormick. McCormick eventually laid the weapon down and surrendered to nearby Deputies and Game Wardens.  McCormick was taken into custody uninjured.

Sheriff Hawthorne would like to thank all of our law enforcement partners here in Chambers County that helped bring this stressful situation to a peaceful end.