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Driver arrested in 3-county high-speed chase (w/video)

By Bianca Montes
April 3, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated April 3, 2014 at 11:04 p.m.

A four-door Dodge had its tire blown after Victoria County Sheriff's Office laid spikes on the ground. The car, driven by Dalton Gene Kellis, was involved in a high-speed chase that started in Lavaca County and ended in Victoria County.

A Victoria man was detained Thursday morning after crossing three counties in a high-speed chase.

Dalton Gene Kellis, 38, was arrested about 6 a.m. on suspicion of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and driving with an invalid license with previous convictions. His total bond is set at $101,000.

The chase began on Texana Street in Hallettsville, where a deputy initiated a traffic stop on suspicion of a headlight violation, a Lavaca County Sheriff's Office official said.

Kellis fled toward Victoria County on U.S. Highway 77, passing through a portion of DeWitt County with speeds in excess of 100 mph, the official said.

Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies assisted with the chase and stopped the man who was driving the four-door Dodge by laying down a spike strip, Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said.

The driver entered Victoria County at 5:40 a.m., driving about 115 mph, O'Connor wrote in a news release. Stop sticks were set up in the 15000 block of U.S. Highway 77, causing the front passenger tire to deflate.

Despite the flat tire, the driver continued to evade officers.

"The operator of the suspect vehicle refused to stop and continued southbound on Navarro Street, weaving recklessly through traffic and running red lights," the release said.

The driver stopped in the 400 block of Antelope Circle, where he was detained and transferred to the Lavaca County Jail by deputies with the Lavaca County Sheriff's Office.

Aggravated assault charges may be filed by the Victoria County Sheriff's Office, O'Connor said, because the driver attempted to strike a deputy's vehicle.

Kellis has a criminal history dating to 1994, which includes several possession of a controlled substance charges, possession of marijuana charges and one theft of property between $20 and $500 by check charge, according to court documents.



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