PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 7, 2014

Mauriceville evades arrest in U-Haul truck


The Port Arthur News

VIDOR — A Mauriceville man driving a U-Haul truck led an Orange County deputy on a chase through Vidor early Monday morning.

The deputy was on patrol at about 12:10 a.m. April 7 in the area of North main Street and Old Highway 90 when he saw a Ford U-Haul truck traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on North Main Street then turn westbound onto Old Highway 90, according to a press release from OCSO.

The Deputy attempted to stop the U-haul truck using emergency lighting equipment and audible siren, but the suspect continued driving without stopping at speeds up to 90 mph. The chase continued onto South Dewitt and at the intersection with Goliad Street the suspect lost control of the vehicle and became stuck in a yard.

The deputy was about to exit the patrol vehicle when the suspect was able to get traction in the U-haul truck and rammed the patrol vehicle. The suspect then attempted to drive through the yard and collided with a fence, where the truck once again got stuck. The deputy exited his vehicle and approached the U-haul truck.  The suspect was revving the engine and attempting to dislodge the truck from the fence.  The deputy yelled at the suspect to stop and the suspect reportedly shook his head “no.”  

The suspect was able to get the truck free from the fence and fled northbound on South Dewitt and the chase continued east onto Byrd Street and where the suspect drove into a yard in the 300 block where the U-haul truck got stuck again.

The deputy again approached the driver side of the truck and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect tried to free the truck by revving the engine and spinning the tires. As the suspect was trying to get away, the deputy broke through the glass window on the driver side door and told the suspect to stop. The suspect continued to disregard the deputy and make every effort to get the truck going again. The deputy then used a Taser on the suspect, and with the assistance of another deputy, the suspect was finally detained.

Deputies arrested Dylan Chadwell, 21, of Mauriceville who was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, felony evading arrest, and an outstanding felony theft warrant out of Orange County. He was transported to the Orange County Jail where he remains in custody.  

Justice of the Peace David Peck arraigned Chadwell and set his bond at $50,000 for the evading arrest, $50,000 for the aggravated assault on a peace officer, and the felony theft warrant had a $5,000 bond.

Deputies believe that the U-haul truck was possibly stolen; however, no official report had been filed as of the time of this news release.