Officers chase man with probation violation (video)
BY J.R. ORTEGA - JRORTEGA@VICAD.COM
Jan. 18, 2013 at 3:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.
A Victoria man was arrested Friday afternoon in a home in the 700 block of Linwood Drive after he led law enforcement on a chase down Sam Houston Drive.
Members of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force attempted to stop Tommy Johnson near Houston Highway and Delmar Drive about 1:30 p.m., when he sped up in a gold sedan and drove into the Tanglewood subdivision, said Capt. Herb Tucker, of the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.
Officers were trying to serve Johnson with a warrant charging him with violation of probation for felon in possession of a firearm case, Tucker said.
The driver of the gold sedan led officials to a home in the 700 block of Linwood Street, where he waited inside. The U.S. Marshal Service in Victoria went into the home and arrested him, as well as one other person.
Tucker would not release the name of the second person arrested because it is unknown whether charges would be filed. Also, it was not immediately known who owned the home where Johnson was arrested, Tucker said.
Johnson faces additional charges related to the pursuit, Tucker said.
Victoria Police Department officers and the sheriff's office deputies helped secure the block while the marshal service arrested Johnson.
Because the incident was within a mile of two schools, Victoria school district put Smith Elementary School and Liberty Academy on lockdown.
The lockdown is a standard safety measure to ensure nobody can go in or out of the campus or their classrooms, said Superintendent Robert Jaklich.
"We always err on the side of caution," Jaklich said.
The lockdown lasted about 15 minutes at both schools, and students at Liberty were sent home with letters to parents explaining what happened. Parents of Smith students' received phone calls.
"It was no danger to the schools," Jaklich said.