Longview man arrested after chase, manhunt

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 4:06pm

Update #2: The chase began when a trooper tried to pull over a Chevy Tahoe on eastbound I-20 at 6:45 am Thursday. The vehicle took off on the interstate, reaching speeds of up to 100 MPH as the driver fled. Barely avoiding other vehicles, the driver eventually exited onto Highway 31 and drove down an embankment.

At that time, due to the erratic driving, troopers fired three shots into the tires of the Tahoe causing the SUV to wreck, and the driver exited and ran away on foot. A Kilgore Police officer arrested him in a wooded area nearby. He has been identified as Jason Ray Ragan of Longview. He is wanted on multiple warrants in surrounding counties.

Meth was found in the vehicle when it was searched. Ragan has been taken to the Gregg County Jail.


Update #1: Law enforcement offical on scene tell KETK that the suspect is in custody at this time after being located in a wooded area near Highway 31 and Interstate 20. Details are limited; we'll bring you more information as it becomes available.

Kilgore K-9 also assisted DPS with the search.



Original report:

Officials with Department of Public Safety confirm to KETK that they are searching for a driver who fled from a traffic stop on foot Thursday morning.

A trooper attempted to make a traffic stop at Highway 31 and Interstate 20 between Longview and Kilgore during the 6:00 am hour, but the driver fled from the scene.

Initial reports indicate that the driver is armed with a firearm.

DPS and other agencies are now searching for the suspect on foot.

KETK has a crew on the scene and will bring you more details as they become available.

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