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Nearly 40-mile chase ends with arrest in Jackson County

Feb. 7, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.


A 24-year-old Port Lavaca man led sheriff's deputies on a nearly 40-mile chase Wednesday night, at times reaching speeds up to 100 mph.

About 8:45 p.m., the Victoria Sheriff's Office got a call about a 2000 Chevrolet Impala coming into the county at a high rate of speed on U.S. Highway 87.

Calhoun County deputies had clocked the vehicle traveling more than 100 mph.

A Victoria County deputy attempted a traffic stop south of Placedo, but the driver, Shane Justin Milliet, did not stop.

He was clocked at 96 mph by Victoria deputies, said sheriff's office Lt. Gary Lytle.

The Impala continued to be clocked at 95 mph and at one point hit a deer, said Lytle.

As he made his way into Jackson County, deputies from that department put out spike strips but failed to stop the car.

Milliet turned south on Farm-to-Market Road 1593 near Lolita, then made his way back into Calhoun County.

"He began to lose at least two of his tires but continued to drive on the side of the road at 20 to 30 mph," Lytle said. "Just north of the Formosa plant, he finally stopped."

After the half-hour chase, Milliet was arrested and charged with evading with a vehicle and driving while intoxicated, Lytle said.

He remained in the Victoria County Jail in lieu of an $11,000 bond.

The chase covered 38.4 miles, according to the sheriff's office report.

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