Port Arthur Police report wild pursuit with shots fired at patrol car, numerous occupants bailing from vehicle

Published 11:34 pm Friday, September 22, 2023

An 18-year-old Port Arthur man who allegedly fled from police in a vehicle then crashed into a fence at Buu Mon Buddhist Temple was indicted this week for evading arrest with a vehicle.

An officer attempted to pull over a car June 3 in the 700 block of Trinity Avenue. Police said the suspect fled to 7th Street and Sabine Avenue.

At one point police said a vehicle occupant fired several shots in the direction of the patrol unit, according to an affidavit for arrest warrant.

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The vehicle reportedly continued to evade law enforcement and eventually crashed at a fence at Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, 2701 Procter Street, where the occupants of the car reportedly got out and ran away.

According to the court document, Braily Oliva-Levia was the driver.

Oliva-Levia was found in the rear of the property and placed into custody.

Once all of the alleged suspects were located, an officer noticed Oliva-Levia slipped his handcuffs to the front of his body, so he was taken back out of the patrol unit so the handcuffs could be adjusted.

At some point Oliva-Levia allegedly kicked several officers to prevent transport.

He was later brought to a local hospital for medical clearance, then to county jail, the document stated.

Bond was set at $10,000 for evading arrest with a vehicle and $3,500 for resisting arrest/search/transport. He bonded out the next day, according to information for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.