The man arrested after a multi-county chase on Thursday morning has been identified as Landon Josiah Outlaw, 29, of Cleburne.
Outlaw also has a previous address in Salado.
He was arraigned Friday morning in Johnson County Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom's court. The charges brought against Outlaw are two counts of aggravated assault against law enforcement officers, evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest on foot -- for which the suspect has a previous conviction for the same offense -- possession of stolen property valued from $1,500 to $20,000 and seven outstanding traffic violations out of Joshua and Irving totaling more than $2,600.
Bond was set at $50,000 for each of the aggravated assault counts, $10 for the theft and each evading arrest count and $5,000 for the possession of a controlled substance charge, bringing the total bail amount to $135,000.
Outlaw remains locked up at the Johnson County Jail in Cleburne.
The incident began around 7:15 a.m. Thursday when a Mansfield man whose vehicle had reportedly been stolen called police to say he had spotted someone driving his Suburban, Capt. Mike Gilbert of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department said. Then the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office was called after the suspect could not be found in Mansfield.
According to Gilbert, this is what happened next:
The Tarrant County officer tried to stop the suspect, but he kept driving and the officer followed him to Johnson County. In Joshua the suspect headed down a county road at speeds of 75 miles per hour at times.
When the suspect began heading westbound on U.S. Highway 67 in Johnson County, officers there took up the pursuit. Meanwhile, Somervell County officers had begun setting up a perimeter. When the suspect saw them, he turned around on U.S. 67, then drove through a barbed wire fence and between trees until he hit a tree. Then the suspect, who was not wearing a shirt on a chilly morning, fled on foot.
Law enforcement authorities began making a circle around the suspect and the Mansfield K-9 Unit was called in. Mansfield also is the location of a Stolen Vehicle Task Force.
Once K-9 Officer Brandon Kramer and the police dog, Bandit, arrived at the scene, the dog picked up the suspect's scent "pretty quickly," Gilbert said. The K-9 team then tracked the man to a tree.
"He was up in the tree," Gilbert said. "He wasn't going to come down."
After officers finally coaxed the man down, he was handcuffed and transported to the Johnson County Jail.
Capt. Gilbert credited the teamwork of the Johnson County Sheriff's Department, which had five officers on the scene, the Somervell County Sheriff's Department and the Mansfield K-9 Unit for capturing the suspect without incident.
"Somervell County was able to set up a perimeter for us pretty quickly and we had a circle around him and hopefully, he wouldn't be able to get out without being seen," Capt. Gilbert said. The K-9 team "tracked him pretty effectively.
"In this instance, it's hard to put a value on what they did," he said.
The suspect was not armed, authorities said.
The man was field-tested at the scene and will be charged withThe incident took place off U.S. Highway 67 just west of the roadside park past the Brazos River bridge.
Because of its proximity to the Brazos Charter School, the school temporarily was locked down for safety reasons until the suspect was caught and handcuffed, said Somervell County Sheriff Greg Doyle, who was on the scene.
During the pursuit of the suspect, a Johnson County patrol car was wrecked. The driver was treated at a nearby hospital for minor injuries and released. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the accident.