Just after 4:30 a.m. this morning Splendora Police were running radar on US 59 north bound when a red Ford F-150 truck passed the unit at close to 100 mph. The Splendora unit gave pursuit north bound toward Cleveland. As they came into Cleveland the pickup exited South Washington then turned under the freeway.
It was at that point the suspect vehicle turned northbound on the southbound feeder and then entered the freeway in the wrong direction. The pursuit continued north toward Shepherd crossing SH 105 and FM 2025, still in the wrong lane.
Just north of FM 2025 they made a u-turn and crossed the median into the north bound lanes. He then accelerated to over 80 mph going south in the northbound lane running at deputies head-on. One deputy was forced off the road into a bridge wall . The driver continued south in the northbound lanes attempting to strike Liberty County Sgt. Slaughter and then Captain Evans head-on. Evans fired on the vehicle striking it at least once. The vehicle crossed the grass median onto the feeder and went back north bound to SH 105. As he turned under the freeway his vehicle shut down due to damage.
The F-150 truck was displaying license plates belonging on a Chevy Impala. The truck was stolen from Alabama.
Two suspects were taken into custody. They have been identified as Earley, Dennis (driver) and Parsons, Paullette (passenger) both of Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Earley has been charged with three counts of Aggravated Assault on a Public Servant with a Deadly Weapon. Ms. Parsons was placed under arrest for a misdemeanor offense with additional charges pending in reference to the theft of the motor vehicle which Mr. Parsons was operating at the time of this dangerous incident. Neither suspect was struck by gunfire. Both suspects remain in custody without bond at the Liberty County Jail.