Traffic stop turns into cross-county pursuit

Aug. 8, 2017 at 8:45 p.m.
Updated Aug. 9, 2017 at 6 a.m.

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An attempted traffic stop by Hallettsville police turned into a multi-agency, cross-county pursuit late Monday night.

About 11:30 p.m., a Hallettsville police officer attempted to make a traffic stop at U.S. 77 South and West Fairwinds Street, according to a news release from the Hallettsville Police Department.

The driver, later identified as Chris Devon Slack, 33, of San Antonio, stopped his car but then started driving away several times before accelerating rapidly west on Fairwinds Street toward Shiner, while disregarding officers' patrol units' lights and sirens.

The vehicle turned left onto Alternate U.S. 77 to go south toward Yoakum. When the vehicle entered DeWitt County, sheriff's office deputies deployed spike strips that deflated the passenger-side tires.

With assistance from Lavaca County Sheriff's Office, DeWitt County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety and Cuero Police Department, the vehicle was stopped at the intersection of U.S. 77A and U.S. 183.

Slack had an outstanding warrant from Bexar County charging him with assault family violence, second offense. He was arrested on the warrant and on suspicion of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance between 3 and 28 grams, according to the news release.

As of Tuesday evening, Slack remained in the Lavaca County Jail with bonds totaling $75,000.


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