DPS needs public's help finding vehicle involved in fatal hit-and-run


The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying and locating the vehicle involved in a fatal auto-pedestrian accident that claimed the life of an Orange resident Friday, Oct. 9.

In a news release, DPS Trooper Stephanie Davis reports 41-year-old Chad Eugene Shields of Orange was struck and killed by an unknown vehicle near mile marker 877 on eastbound Interstate 10 in Orange at about 12:40 a.m. Friday morning.

Davis said in spite of limited information on the crash, troopers were able to determine the vehicle involved in the accident was traveling in the inside lane of eastbound Interstate 10 and suspect that Shields was lying in the inside lane of the road, possibly after falling. Justice of the Peace Judge Rodney Price declared Shields deceased at the crash scene.

Readers may recognize Shields’ name from last week’s edition of The Examiner. He was arrested in Orange in the early morning hours of Oct. 1 after officers found him disrupting traffic in the nude while investigating reports of a naked man who was yelling at passing vehicles. Orange Police Department Officer Michael Roush said Shields was shouting at passersby and at responding officers and seemed “highly agitated.”

“Shields was sweating profusely," Roush reported. "Shields was yelling out at subjects not in the area. I believed Shields was showing signs of excited delirium.”

Shields was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail, but was later released.

Trooper Davis would not comment when asked if Shields was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. However, she reported that the investigation is still ongoing and that toxicology results are pending.

The driver of the vehicle from the Oct. 9 accident did not stop after fatally striking Shields, and DPS was finally able to identify the pedestrian as Shields on the morning of Oct. 12. Davis says troopers are investigating, but there was no physical evidence at the scene of the accident.

“DPS is asking for the public’s help to locate the vehicle that ran over and killed Chad Shields,” said Trooper Davis. “If you were traveling in the area of Interstate 10 near mile marker 877 around 12:40 a.m. on Friday, October 9, 2015, and noticed anything suspicious, please contact the Texas Department of Public Safety at (936) 699-7340.  This telephone is answered around the clock and messages should be left for Trooper Philip Brady.”