A suspect led police on a dangerous high-speed chase through the streets of Orange, actually traveling in the wrong direction on a one-way road during the pursuit and exceeding 95 mph in instances, police reported.
Police arrested 30-year-old Dustin Eugene Hickey of Orange for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony evading in a vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance after they say he fled in a stolen car when officers attempted to stop him during a stakeout at approximately 9 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.
According to a report from the Orange Police Department, officers were conducting surveillance at the Ramada Inn at 2610 Interstate 10 due to suspected drug activity. During their observation, one officer saw a “suspicious person” exit a vehicle parked at the Days Inn nearby and then walk over to the Ramada. The officer ran the license plate number of the car and found that it was registered to a Dodge truck and did not belong to the car. After checking the VIN and calling it into dispatch, officers discovered the vehicle had been reported as stolen from Orange. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop and detain the man for further investigation, but that’s when he raced away westbound on the north service road, the officers reported.
At least two police officers blocked roadways with their patrol cars as the suspect drove in the wrong direction on the north service road, but Hickey reportedly drove around them and sped down the city streets. OPD Captain Cliff Hargrave said Hickey “almost hit an officer” who was attempting to block his path during the pursuit.
“He made a circle,” Captain Hargrave said. “He got out on the service road and took off. Then, he went up 27th Street, and turned on Edelman, which leads back to Meeks. Then he came back around Meeks behind Tractor Supply right there on the service road.”
Finally, police cornered the man in the parking lot of Tractor Supply, where he struck a loading dock with the stolen vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, they reported. Officers rapidly caught up with Hickey and took him into custody, police said. Upon searching Hickey, police reported finding what they believed to be more than 1 gram of methamphetamine wrapped in a dollar bill. He was arrested and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility where he was held on a $12,500 bond. He has since posted bond but faces stiff penalties and state jail time for the charges related to the incident.
A database search revealed Dustin Hickey, also known as “Lil’ Hickey,” has a checkered criminal history including arrests for burglary of a vehicle, criminal trespass, felony theft, and assault.
Police said there’s a tradition of criminal activity among some Hickey family members. One Orange County deputy called the Hickeys “frequent fliers” at the Orange County Correctional Facility.
For example, Jonathan Hickey, Dustin’s brother, was arrested June 13 in Orange after a disturbance at a residence there led police to the discovery of more than a gram of what they believed to be methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth.
Officer Tim Pruitt reported that he saw one of the known parties, 31-year-old Orange resident Jonathan Derick Hickey, driving from the scene in a SUV. Pruitt and another officer stopped Hickey, and upon searching him found three clear plastic baggies, two of which contained a substance that appeared to officers to be crystal meth. During a search of the vehicle, Pruitt reported a “clear narcotic pipe” was found in the floorboard of the vehicle.
At that time, according to the police report, the second known suspect reported as participating in the disturbance, Sarah Katherine Smith, 32, of Orange, walked toward the SUV Hickey was driving when stopped. Pruitt reported that he ordered Smith to stop and wait in the grass on the east side of the road. While placing Hickey into the patrol unit, the officers noticed Smith was not standing where ordered. Instead, she reportedly entered the back seat of Hickey’s vehicle, closed the door and appeared “as if she was looking for something.” She was removed from the vehicle, but not before she grabbed the glass pipe, police reported. Pruitt indicated in his report that once she was outside the vehicle, he noticed the previously inventoried pipe was missing from the floorboard of the SUV. Upon questioning Smith, she admitted she had the pipe and removed it from her bra before giving it to the police.
Jonathan Hickey was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, and Smith was arrested for felony tampering with evidence. They were taken to the Orange County Correctional Facility. Both have prior arrests and convictions — for Hickey, burglary of two or more vehicles (state jail felony), possession of a controlled substance, failure to identify, possession of prohibited weapons and felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and for Smith, theft and driving while intoxicated.
Jennifer Hickey Bellon – sister to Dustin and Jonathan, according to police – was arrested in October of last year after police executed a search warrant at her residence. According to a news release, Orange Police arrested Michael David Bellon, 35, and Jennifer Hickey Bellon, 33, on Oct. 9, 2012, for felony possession of marijuana. The Orange Police Department Narcotics Division searched the couple’s home at around 6 p.m. after executing a search warrant in the 900 block of Dupont Drive in Orange. Officers reportedly found approximately one pound of marijuana, a scale and other paraphernalia associated with distribution. Both were held and then released on $5,000 bonds.
A database search revealed Jennifer Hickey Bellon has previously been arrested and charged for felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor weapons charges and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Jimmy Hickey Jr., who an Orange police officer said is another Hickey brother, is a former Vidor police officer and current registered sex offender. Jimmy Hickey, 37, was indicted and arrested in April 2012 for indecency with a child, a 16-year-old girl from Orange. Vidor Police Chief Dave Shows said he was contacted by officers with the West Orange Police Department wanting to question Officer Hickey. Hickey resigned shortly after the accusations of indecency emerged.
A call to a Hickey family phone number for comment went unreturned as of press time.