Suspect attempts evasion from sheriff's deputies

Suspect attempts evasion from sheriff's deputies

Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 22-year-old Orange resident after the man fled when an officer attempted to stop him for a traffic violation on Thursday, March 20.

According to a news release from OCSO, a deputy patrolling in the 9000 block of F.M. 105 in Orangefield at about 11:33 p.m. observed a black Chevy truck pass another vehicle in a no passing zone, accelerating at a high rate of speed. The deputy reported that after he activated his light to indicate the driver should pull over, the vehicle sped up to evade the deputy, going as fast as 85 m.p.h. in a posted 35 m.p.h. zone. Finally, the truck pulled into the driveway of a residence in the 10000 block of F.M. 105 and came to a stop as it collided with a fence there. The driver then jumped out of the vehicle and tried to flee on foot but could not get over the damaged fence. The deputy ordered the man to stop, but he continued to flee. That is when the deputy reportedly deployed his Taser and was able to apprehend the suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Levi Gollihare of Orange.

Upon searching the vehicle, the deputy discovered a small amount of what appeared to be synthetic marijuana and Valium.

Gollihare was arrested for evading arrest with a vehicle - a state jail felony, possession of a controlled substance and possession of synthetic marijuana in addition to a warrant for motion to provoke probation out of the 128th District Court discovered while he was in custody. Gollihare was taken to the Orange County Jail and arraigned by Judge David Peck at about 7:45 a.m. on March 21. His bond was set at $2,500 for the three new charges. There was no bond for the warrant, and Gollihare remains in the Orange County Jail at the time of the news release.

This incident marks Gollihare's second recent arrest in Orange County. He was arrested near Orangefield Elementary School on Feb. 13 after he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 31-year-old Scott Patrick Shaunesey, who has also has multiple recent arrests on his record. In that incident, deputies reportedly discovered approximately 14 grams of methamphetamine, synthetic marijuana, two pellet pistols, and a variety of drug paraphernalia including pipes and scales hidden inside the truck Shaunesey was driving. Both men were arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone.