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Man in U-Haul leads Orange County deputies on 90 mph chase
ORANGE COUNTY - The Orange County Sheriff's Office says a man in a
U-Haul truck led deputies on a chase at speeds of up to 90 mph and refused stop, forcing officers to use a Taser to take him into custody.
A deputy on patrol near North Main Street and Old Highway 90 in Vidor saw the driver of a Ford U-Haul truck traveling south on N. Main at a high rate of speed shortly after midnight Monday. The driver turned west onto Old Highway 90. The deputy got behind the truck and the driver turned off headlights and began accelerating. The deputy tried to stop the driver using his lights and siren but the suspect continued at speeds of up to 90 mph. The driver truned south off Old Highway 90 onto South Dewitt. The suspect continued on South Dewitt until he reached the intersection with Goliad where he lost control of the U-Haul and it became stuck in a yard. The deputy was about to get out of his patrol vehicle when the suspect freed the U-Haul and rammed the patrol vehicle. The suspect then tried to drive through the yard and collided with a fence and the vehicle once again became stuck. The deputy got out and approached the truck. The driver was revving the engine and trying to dislodge the truck from the fence. The deputy yelled at the driver to stop and the suspect shook his head 'no.' The suspect was able to free the truck from the fence and sped away traveling north on South Dewitt. The driver turned east onto Byrd Street and drove into a yard in the 300 block where the U-Haul once again became stuck. The deputy once again approached the driver's side and ordered the man to get out. The driver tried to free the truck by revving the engine and spinning the tires. While the suspect was trying to get away, the deputy broke through the glass window on the driver's side door and told the man to stop. The suspect disregarded the deputy and continuing trying to get away. The deputy used a Taser on the man, and with assistance from another deputy, was able to get the suspect into custody.
Investigators have identified the man as Dylan Chadwell, 21, of Mauriceville. He's charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Felony Evading Arrest, and has an outstanding Felony Theft warrant out of Orange County. He was taken to jail.
Justice of the Peace David Peck set bond at $50,000 on the Aggravated Assault and Evading Arrest charges. The Felony Theft charge had a $5,000 bond.
Deputies believe the U-Haul truck was stolen and additional charges could be filed.