High-speed chase in Liberty County ends in Christmas Day arrest

Edgar Earl Taylor, 40, was arrested on Christmas Day after a high-speed chase in Liberty County

December 26, 2013 10:52:05 AM PST
A Christmas Day family disturbance call in southeast Liberty County turned into a high-speed car chase that involved three different law enforcement agencies and ended with a man's arrest.

Edgar Earl Taylor, 40, was charged with felony evading arrest and possession of a controlled substance. Other possible charges are pending.

It all started around 7:40pm Wednesday when the Liberty County Sheriff's Office was called to a home on FM 563 for a domestic disturbance report with a possible weapon involved. Taylor was also reportedly violating a temporary restraining order at the home.

As a deputy was pulling up the home, Taylor allegedly sped away in a pickup truck, tearing through the yard as he fled toward Highway 90.

Officials said the pickup quickly reached speeds of 90mph as the deputy gave chase, calling for assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Liberty Police Department.

As Taylor neared Highway 90, Liberty police deployed a "stop stick" in the roadway, puncturing the pickup's front left tire. But that didn't slow him down immediately, officials said.

Even with the punctured tire, Taylor again allegedly reached speeds of 90mph after he turned east onto Highway 90.

Soon, the damaged tire began to shred and the vehicle stalled in a field. Taylor reportedly refused to exit the pickup, so officers broke a window in order to take him into custody.

Investigators said they found a loaded rifle, two unloaded shotguns and a packet of methamphetamines in the pickup.

No injuries were reported.

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