One man is in custody after an Orange County car chase that started just after midnight Monday, April 7, and ended when the suspect rammed a deputy's cruiser with the U-Haul truck he was driving, the Orange County Sheriff's Officer reports.
According to a press release from OCSO, on Monday, April 07 at approximately 12:10 a.m., an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy was on patrol in the area of North Main St. and Old Hwy 90 in Vidor when the Deputy saw a Ford U-Haul truck traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on North Main Street. The U-haul truck then turned westbound onto Old Hwy 90. When the deputy got behind the truck, the driver of the U-haul turned off the headlights and began accelerating at a faster speed. The deputy activated his car's emergency lights and audible siren in an attempt to get the U-Haul driver to stop, OCSO reports, but the suspect continued driving without stopping reaching speeds up to 90 miles per hour. The U-Haul truck then turned south off Old Hwy 90 onto South Dewitt. The suspect continued on South Dewitt until the intersection with Goliad Street where he reportedly lost control of the U-Haul and got stuck in a yard in the 900 block of Goliad. The deputy was about to exit the patrol vehicle when the suspect finally got traction in the U-Haul truck and rammed the patrol vehicle.
A resident next door to the scene of South Dewitt and Goliad said he heard a commotion and came outside to see deputies pursuing the Ford U-Haul, which had come to a stop after striking an oak tree in the yard of the Goliad residence. Debris from a shattered head lamp could be seen under the low-hanging tree branch the driver obviously struck, tire ruts leading from the road, through the yard and up to the limb. The tire marks then curve backward to where the witness said the U-Haul truck rammed into the deputy's vehicle causing it to be pushed back a few feet.
The suspect then attempted to drive through the yard and collided with a fence, where the truck once again got stuck. The deputy exited his vehicle and approached the U-Haul truck. The suspect was revving the engine and attempting to dislodge the truck from the fence. The deputy yelled at the suspect to stop and the suspect shook his head “no.”
The suspect was able to get the truck free from the fence and fled northbound on South Dewitt. The deputy was able to regain pursuit of the suspect. The suspect turned east onto Byrd Street and drove into a yard in the 300 block where the U-Haul truck got stuck again. The deputy again approached the driver side of the truck and ordered the suspect to stop. The suspect tried to free the truck by revving the engine and spinning the tires. As the suspect was trying to get away, the deputy broke through the glass window on the driver side door and told the suspect to stop. The suspect continued to disregard the deputy and make every effort to get the truck going again. The deputy then used a Taser on the suspect, and with the assistance of another deputy, the suspect was finally detained.
The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Dylan Chadwell of Mauriceville. Chadwell was charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, Felony Evading Arrest, and an outstanding Felony Theft warrant out of Orange County. He was transported to the Orange County Jail where he remains in custody.
Justice of the Peace David Peck arraigned Chadwell and set his bond at $50,000 for the Evading Arrest, $50,000 for the Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, and the Felony Theft warrant had a $5,000 bond.
It is believed that the U-haul truck was possibly stolen; however, no official Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle report had been filed as of the time of this news release.
The deputy inside the patrol vehicle at the time it was rammed was uninjured, OCSO reports.