The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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November 12, 2013

Palestine man jailed after high-speed chase, crash Saturday


A Palestine man was arrested after leading local law enforcement on a high-speed chase through Anderson County on Saturday.

Brandon Williams, 20, of Palestine was arrested Saturday for felony evading arrest and on several outstanding Anderson County warrants after fleeing police from Elkhart, where he was initially stopped, to the intersection of Loop 256 and W. Oak Street in Palestine. Police records indicate the pursuit topped 140 miles per hour in some places.

“It was just a routine traffic stop,” Department of Public Safety Trooper Leonard Sandifer said. “The warrants are probably the reason he chose to run.”

Investigators said Williams was driving a 2009 Cadillac CRT sedan in Elkhart when officers made the initial contact. Police reports indicate rather than pulling over, Williams drove away from the scene and continued traveling down 287 North to Palestine before turning onto the Loop.

He proceeded to the intersection of the Loop and W. Oak Street before losing control and crashing into at least one storage structure offered at a retail business in the area.

“He attempted to make a right onto West Oak, but because he was traveling at such a high rate of speed, the vehicle continued straight across the roadway and through the storage sheds,” Sandifer said.

When the vehicle came to a stop, Williams exited the driver's seat and attempted to flee on foot before being caught by Anderson County sheriff's officers.

No injuries were reported and damages are estimated to exceed $10,000.

Williams remained in the Anderson County Jail on Monday.

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