Car stolen at Cactus, Texas is wrecked

by C.F. David

Deputies William “Chip” Jones, and Larry Taylor, of the Cimarron County Sheriff's Office, apprehended an alleged teenage car thief on Thursday night.

At press time the young man had been charged with minor in possession, possession of stolen property, assault with a deadly weapon, transportation of an open container, driving under the influence, and eluding arrest, other charges may be added later.

Taylor and Jones were responding to a 6:20 p.m. call from the Sherman County Texas Sheriff's Office to be on the lookout for a northbound vehicle being driven erratically. Sherman County, (Stratford), had received a 9-1-1 call from a trucker complaining that the vehicle had ran vehicles off the road with both speed and driving left of center.

The Cimarron County Officers came in contact with the vehicle just south of the Beaver River bridge.

“I clocked him at 99, [miles per hour], and he almost put me in the ditch when he ran the car towards me,” Jones said. “We got turned around, and when I topped the hill by Brown Road I saw the dirt cloud where he'd run off the road,” Jones added.

The car had hit and straddled a road sign and the driver was trying to move the vehicle and leave the scene when Taylor and Jones arrived.

The driver, the lone occupant of the vehicle, exited the car and came toward Jones. Jones, after a brief struggle, put the combative perpetrator on the ground and with Taylor 's help, he was handcuffed and placed in Jones' patrol vehicle.

“He did a lot of cursing and spitting,” and we found alcohol in the vehicle,” Jones said. 

The juvenile was picked up by Cimarron county EMTs and transported to Cimarron Memorial Hospital . 

Highway Patrol Troopers Erik Terrell and Adrian Carrillo investigated the accident and discovered the car had been stolen out of Moore County Texas, where the driver reportedly has a juvenile record.

Mike Barnes contributed to this story.

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