GUN BARREL CITY–Two men were jailed as the result of a police pursuit in Gun Barrel City in the early morning hours of May 18.
Shortly after midnight, Gun Barrel City Police responded to the Cefco at 102 Main Street in the city in reference to a theft. It was reported to officers that a teenager had stolen a case of beer. After reviewing security camera footage, officers determined that the suspects had fled in a dark colored Ford Mustang.
At approximately 2:50 a.m., GBC Police Officers T. Walts and J. Steptoe observed a dark colored Ford Mustang matching the description from the theft, traveling eastbound in the 1600 block of West Main Street Officers turned around on the vehicle, which then accelerated at a high rate of speed. The Mustang ran the red light at the intersection of West Main Street and Welch Lane. Officers iniated the patrol units red and blue overhead emergency lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The suspect vehicle failed to stop and continued at a high rate of speed in an attempt to evade officers eastbound on State Highway 334. Upon reaching U.S. Highway 175 the suspect vehicle turned north on the frontage road and then right onto County Road 2922, driving through a metal gate, spinning out. The driver was able to regain control, spinning the vehicle back onto the road striking the pursuing officers patrol vehicle, causing minor damage. The pursuit continued and returned to SH334 traveling westbound. The suspect vehicle continued westbound on SH334, then as it turned onto Peachtree Road in Gun Barrel City, the vehicle, due to damage from the gate was rendered inoperable. The driver attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended by Officer Steptoe.
The driver, identifed as David Phillips, 20, of Seagoville, was placed under arrest for Evading Arrest or Detention with a vehicle, and multiple misdemeanor warrants for various traffic violations from various local agencies. A passenger, identified as Cody Woodruff, 18, of Brownsboro, was placed under arrest for Minor in Consumption. A third passenger was identified and released. Both subjects were transported to the Henderson County Jail for processing. Neither the suspects or the officers were injured during or at conclusion of the pursuit.
The theft is still under investigation with Woodruff being the main suspect in that incident.