On Thursday, January 10, 2019 around 8:14 p.m. Cleveland Police Department officers D. Baker and J. Rosas was patrolling the downtown area of Cleveland near S. Travis Street, and Hanson Street when they noticed a brown in color SUV, upon checking the license plate on the SUV the return came back to a different type of vehicle.
As the officers got closer on Houston Street, Tx. Highway 321 traveling east they activated their overhead lights and siren in an attempt to pull the SUV over. The SUV failed to pull-over, or yield for the officers and started to accelerate faster out Hwy. 321. The officers continued to pursue the SUV reaching speeds of 80 miles per hour. The occupants were seen throwing items from the SUV as it traveled. The SUV reached
CR 2243 and made a left turn from Hwy. 321 traveling north toward F.M. Hwy. 787 at speeds of 70 m.p.h. When the SUV reached the end of CR 2243 it turned right onto F.M. 787 passing the Cleveland Municipal Airport; it continued east on F.M. 787 at around 85 m.p.h. The SUV went down the Dolen Hill and stayed on F.M. 787 into Romayor where the SUV made a left turn onto F.M. Hwy. 2610 and headed toward Ace crossing into Polk County.
The SUV came to the intersection at F.M. 2610 and Tx. Hwy. 146 where it turned left headed into the Livingston City limits. Before getting into the City of Livingston other law enforcement officers were able to successfully deploy “spike strips” which slowed the SUV down due to deflating three tires. The SUV slowed its speeds to around 30 m.p.h but continued driving on the flatten tires. There were approximately 10 police units at that time assisting CPD in trying to get the SUV stopped. As the SUV continued to drive on the flats tires the rubber from the tires begin to heat up and separate from the rims. There were flames sparking from under the fenders of the SUV, but the SUV’s driver continued to drive reckless through heavy traffic and intersections as he entered into Livingston. The SUV drove back down old Hwy. 59 south where he turned right getting onto U.S. Hwy. 59 headed northbound. The SUV drove about 400 yards on U.S. Hwy. 59 before exiting onto Tx. Hwy. 190 west toward Onalaska. Officers were still pursuing the slow-moving SUV at about 30 m.p.h westbound on Tx. Hwy. 190 west where it suddenly came to a stop in the middle of Tx. Hwy. 190 west; about ¼ of a mile west of U.S. Hwy. 59. There were three occupants who were all detained and taken into police custody. When the SUV stopped officers located two males and one female inside along with several credit cards and a rifle. The SUV was a 2002 Hyundai “Santa Fe”. Officers are still investigating where the SUV may have come from due to the fake registration, and tampering of the VIN numbers. All three occupants are being held pending further investigation into why they were evading officers.
The driver Cody Oliver, 30 years of age of Pearland was arrested and released to Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies on outstanding Felony warrants from their County. The female passenger Tana Thorndyke, age 24, of Livingston, and the other male passenger Robert Marvin Tyler, age 26 of Cleveland were both transported back to CPD.
CPD wanted to thank the Liberty County and the Polk County Sheriff’s Offices, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers, and Chief Clifton (who was on the scene and assisted) and his staff at the Livingston Police Department. The vehicular police pursuit traveled around 70 miles, and we are pleased it ended safely.