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01-22-08, 11:14 PM #1
Ponder, Texas: Burglary Suspect Takes Police SUV For a 130MPH Spin
By Donna Fielder / Staff Writer
A Ponder man stole a Justin police car and headed for Oklahoma at speeds up to 130 mph, but he went to Denton County Jail instead when officers threw road spikes in his path Monday evening.
Rusty Edward Taylor, 26, remained in custody Tuesday on charges of evading arrest, theft and criminal trespass. He declined comment.
Justin Officer Jeff Echols responded to a call for backup from Ponder Police Chief Steve Grube about 7 p.m. A family called 911 when they returned to their home in the 100 block of Seaborn Road and saw a neighbor exiting their house carrying a sack, according to sheriff’s reports.
Family members tried to question the neighbor about his presence in their home, but he would not talk to them and walked to his house. The Justin and Ponder officers and a sheriff’s deputy began looking for him.
Taylor came out of his home and insisted he had been invited to the neighbor’s house and had arrived early. The Ponder chief took him to the Ponder Police Department to talk to him.
Taylor refused to talk to the officers, according to the report, and demanded to talk to a lawyer. The chief decided there was not enough evidence to charge him with a crime and offered to drive him home. But Taylor replied that he’d rather walk.
Apparently, he changed his mind. The Justin officer was walking behind him out of the building. He used his remote control to open his squad car door, and suddenly, Taylor jumped inside and took off, said Justin Chief Bill Brooks.
“The sheriff’s office called me and said, ‘Your squad car has been stolen and it’s headed north. That is not the call you want to have,” Brooks said.
The other officers jumped into their vehicles and gave chase. The pursuit extended north on FM 156 and then onto Interstate 35 at speeds between 40 and 130 mph. At one point, Taylor lost control of the Chevrolet Tahoe police package SUV and slid into a ditch, but he soon recovered and sped away.
Taylor used the squad car’s lights and siren and forced cars out of his way, according to the report. He also used the police radio, as the chase went through Sanger, Valley View and Gainesville, gaining more pursuers along the way.
Gainesville officers were waiting north of that Cooke County city, and threw out road spikes as the Justin squad car passed. The spikes blew out three of the tires, and Taylor stopped, got out and lay down on the ground.
According to Denton County Jail records, Taylor has 2006 convictions for evading arrest and criminal trespass and a 2004 conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
The Justin chief drove to the scene to recover his vehicle, which has three ruined tires and two ruined rims. He wasn’t happy, either, about the speeds involved.
“They can go that fast but they’re not supposed to,” he said.
Brooks said the squad car was locked and the officer was not at fault. Taylor simply reacted to hearing the door unlock and jumped inside, he said.
“He was free to go. Why did he steal a police car? It doesn’t make sense. I’m grateful it ended the way it did with no one injured.”
Brooks said it will not happen again.
“By the end of the week I will have five new antitheft devices for my five squad cars,” he said.
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01-23-08, 12:57 PM #4Taylor has 2006 convictions for evading arrest and criminal trespass and a 2004 conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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01-23-08, 02:02 PM #5
I guess they weren't kidding when Chevy said that Tahoe was as fast as the old Caprice.
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01-23-08, 02:09 PM #6
The officer had the door remote on him. Why were the keys in the ignition?
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