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Posted on: June 16, 2014

Early Morning Pursuit Ends in Crash, Arrest, and Recovered Stolen Vehicle

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The Tulia Police Department arrested Jasman Edward Williams of Tulia, after he stole a pickup truck and crashed into a parked vehicle, while attempting to flee Tulia Police officers. According to Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough, “Over the past few weeks, we have received numerous reports of vehicle and home burglaries inside the city. 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.” In response, the Tulia Police Department initiated strategic patrol operations in areas where there were a significant number of historical incidents and in areas where criminal activity was anticipated to occur.

Around 4 o’clock Saturday morning, Chief Yarbrough observed a blue and silver Ford pickup truck parked on Airport Road, near Rock Hard Trucking, and ran the license plate. A short time later, the owner of the pickup reported it stolen. “During that time, we received reports that Williams was seen in a vehicle matching the description of the stolen vehicle. He was also allegedly seen attempting to break into a home and two parked vehicles in the area,” according to Yarbrough.

Sgt. Javier Flores and Officer Anthony Longoria were on patrol in the operation area when the stolen truck was observed on 6th Street. Sgt. Flores initiated a traffic stop of the suspect vehicle and Williams attempted to evade officers by turning north onto N. Gaines Street. Sgt. Flores, Officer Longoria, and Chief Yarbrough pursued Williams for a short distance before Williams crashed into a parked vehicle and fled on foot. Sgt. Flores chased Williams through the neighborhood and jumped several fences before catching up to Williams and taking him into custody. Williams was charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and possession of marijuana in a drug free zone. Additional charges are pending, according to Yarbrough.

“I am extremely proud of the exceptional work that the entire department has done to protect and serve our city. 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,” said Yarbrough. The Tulia Police Department will continue to conduct strategic patrol operations throughout the city.

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