ETX man arrested after 100 MPH chase ends in crash, surrender early Wednesday morning
POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 11:31am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 3:45pm
Tyler, Texas — An East Texas man led Chandler police, Tyler police and Smith County officers on a high speed chase early Wednesday morning.
Jimmy Dewayne Lee, 53, began leading Chandler officers on a chase around 2:45 a.m.
The pursuit began in the southbound lanes of Farm to Market Road 315 and Highway 31. Officer Rick Smith attempted to pull Lee over for going 47 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, when he began to take off. Chief Ron Reeves with the Chandler police, tells KETK, throughout the chase, speeds of 100 MPH were reached.
Officer Smith requested help from the Tyler Police Department and the Smith County Sheriff's Office as Lee made his way to Tyler.
Lee attempted to turn on College Street, when he lost control of his car and crashed into the fence in front of St. Gregory's Catholic School. Reeves says Lee then got out of the car through the passenger side door and fled on foot, because he had warrants for his arrest which carried a 20 year sentence.
Lee ran to a dead end before turning around and running back toward officials. A Smith County deputy threatened Lee with a taser, before he finally surrendered.
When Officer Smith made the arrest on Lee, he found controlled substances in his pocket. Reeves believes it to be either crack or meth, but won't be 100 percent sure until lab results come back.
Lee was booked into the Henderson County Jail.