A local man is behind bars after taking local sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase through two counties recently, which ended safely despite officers resorting to using a taser gun to restrain the driver.
The pursuit began at 5:14 p.m., April 7, when a motorist called 9-1-1 to report a reckless driver traveling on US Hwy. 67 through Glen Rose, said Somervell County Sheriff's Lt. Anders Dahl.
"Deputy Austin Cox located the truck traveling eastbound near the Brazos River Bridge," Dahl said. "Deputy Cox then activated his emergency lights near the bridge but the driver didn't stop, so he and Deputy Lincoln Matheny initiated a pursuit."
The driver of the 1989 Dodge Ram pickup, Jayson Mace Thiebaud, 31, of Somervell County, sped away towards Cleburne with the local deputies in hot pursuit as he reached speeds of 75 mph, Dahl reported.
"He took them into Johnson County and Cox radioed their sheriff's department for assistance," said Dahl, adding that DPS troopers were also involved in the chase.
According to reports, Thiebaud then turned left onto FM 2331 and took officers to FM 4 before getting back on FM 2331 to head towards Godley.
"During the chase, officers reported he was driving erratically, and fortunately, innocent motorists were not involved," said Dahl.
Johnson County officials took over when Thiebaud turned south onto Hwy. 171, and during the chase, a spike strip was deployed by a DPS trooper between Bono and Godley, but was avoided by the runaway when he drove around the tire disabling mechanism.
Johnson County Sheriff's Lt. Michael Gaudet reported that Thiebaud was finally apprehended after he ran off of CR 1126 and into a bar ditch. "The subject drove through a barb wire fence and into a pasture before coming back up on the road. He went about 50 yards down the county road and came to a stop."
Gaudet said Johnson County deputies exited their patrol cars and commanded Thiebaud to lay on the ground but he failed to comply. "He acted aggressively and refused repeated orders. He was advised that he would be tazed, so deputies resorted to using their taser guns."
The chase, which ended at approximately 5:30 p.m., resulted in Thiebaud's arrest by Johnson County officials, said Gaudet. "They proceeded to take him to the Johnson County jail after the arrest, but he started having a high heart rate before booking, so the subject was transported to Walls Regional Hospital in Cleburne."
Following an exam of Thiebaud, Somervell County deputies took the subject into custody and transported him to the local jail, said Dahl.
It's not known why the driver attempted to flee, taking officials on a chase that covered more than 25 miles. Dahl said the subject had no warrants out for his arrest.
Local officers took Thiebaud into custody at 8:35 p.m. and charged the driver with evading arrest - detention with a vehicle, a state jail felony, and driving while intoxicated.
Gaudet said due to their involvement in the chase, officials are considering filing charges against Thiebaud.