Police arrest stolen vehicle suspect after early morning chase
Tulia, TX - Tulia police arrested resident Jasman Williams after he stole a pickup truck and crashed into a parked vehicle while attempting to escape police officers.
Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough noticed a blue and silver Ford pickup truck parked on Airport Road and ran the license plate. The owner of the pickup reported it stolen soon thereafter.
"During that time, we received reports that Williams was seen in a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle," Yarbrough said. "He was also allegedly seen attempting to break into a home and two parked vehicles in the area."
When the stolen truck was observed on 6th Street, Sgt. Javier Flores initiated a traffic stop of the pickup; however, Williams turned north onto Gaines Street to dodge the officers. Sgt. Flores, Officer Anthony Longoria, and Chief Yarbrough chased after Williams briefly until he crashed into a parked vehicle. When Williams fled on foot, Sgt. Flores ran after him, jumping several fences before apprehending him.
Police charged Williams with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana in a drug free zone. Yarbrough says additional charges are pending.
"Over the past few weeks, we have received numerous reports of vehicle and home burglaries inside the city," Yarbrough said. "There have also been burglaries and thefts at businesses just outside the city limits. Several burglary attempts occurred at night while people were in their homes. This is unusual and unacceptable in our community.
Tulia Police have initiated several patrol operations in areas of anticipated criminal activity.
"I am extremely proud of the exceptional work that the entire department has done to protect and serve our city," Yarbrough said. "Our citizens have also been a tremendous help in our efforts to gather intelligence, analyze patterns and trends of criminal activity, and to respond effectively."
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