This morning, Lacy Lakeview officers were dispatched to the Road Ranger gas station in reference to a suspicious person. When the officers arrived on scene, they observed the suspicious person to enter a blue Honda Civic and begin to drive away at a high rate of speed. Officers ran the license plate of the vehicle which was identified as stolen out of Austin.
Lacy Lakeview officers began to pursue the vehicle northbound on IH35. LLPD dispatch was able to contact Italy PD who successfully deployed deflation devices on the fleeing vehicle. The suspect continued to drive on a deflated tire into the Loves Truck Stop in Italy, TX where officers were able to stop the vehicle and safely gain control of the driver using verbal commands. The suspect was taken into custody for. Possession of a stolen vehicle and evading arrest by vehicle.
This was the best possible outcome we could ask for. Good work to the Road Ranger employees for identifying suspicious activity. Awesome work to all officers and dispatchers involved for safely bringing the suspect into custody. And a special thank you to the Italy Police Department for their assistance in bringing this pursuit to a successful and safe conclusion.
Lacy Lakeview Police Department
We were dealing with a mental health crisis where the subject called 911 requesting suicide by cop. Upon initial approach the subject fled in his vehicle but circled the block and came right back to his home. Officers deployed strips in front of the vehicle when it came to a stop. During subsequent de-escalation tactics they were able to wrap the 3 sections around the front tire. The subject fled again hitting the strips with both the front and rear driver side tires. His attempt to flee was limited to 61 mph and a short distance before he got stuck in a driveway and boxed in by officers. This subject was actively threatening to force us to kill him. These strips prevented a bad situation from being the worst. In the end the subject was taken into custody with no injuries to himself or the officers on scene.