On Wednesday, July 22, 2009, at approximately 6:00PM, Chief Joe Schultea and
Detective Jim Young of the Patton Village Police Department were in the
Splendora area conducting a follow up investigation on a criminal case when a
pursuit of a non-related vehicle initiated.
While traveling on FM 2090, Chief Schultea observed a red hatch back vehicle
exit Carol Lane and begin driving in an extremely hazardous manner at a high
rate of speed. The Chief followed the vehicle attempting to get a MCSO Unit to
intercept, however the vehicle turned northbound onto Tram Road almost striking
a truck that was westbound on FM 2090 and almost struck a bicyclist riding north
on Tram Road.
Due to the hazard, the Chief attempted to stop the traffic
violator, however, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed. Speed of the
suspect vehicle reached excess of 90 MPH during the pursuit traveling in the
heavily residential area of May Road and Maywood Road. At one point in the
pursuit, the vehicle slowed and a female passenger jumped from the moving
vehicle. Detective Young stayed with the female and Chief Schultea continued
pursuit of the red hatchback back through May Road turning north on Tram Road.
As a Splendora Police Car was approaching from the north the suspect turned east
onto Mustang Road to avoid that police car. Due to heavy dust on Mustang Road,
Chief Schultea lost sight of the vehicle for approximately 30 seconds. When the
Chief was able to resume the pursuit he located the red hatchback wrecked into a
tree at the edge of the woods and the suspect missing.
Other agencies in East County, including Splendora PD, Roman Forest PD,
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Montgomery County Pct. 4 Constables
Office arrived at the scene to assist. A Pct. 4 K9 unit attempted to track the
suspect but was not able to locate him.
The female from the suspect vehicle had minor injuries due to jumping out of the
moving suspect vehicle. She was treated and released at the scene by MCHD
Ambulance. She was found to be in possession of Methamphetamine and was
arrested. Information and identification was developed on the driver and this
case has been given to the Montgomery County District Attorney for charges.
A Patton Village patrol car blew a radiator hose during the subsequent
investigation and had to be towed for repairs. There were no injuries and no
other vehicle damage.
Nobles, Robert Charles, W/M, 40 of Splendora
Charges pending for Evading Arrest by Vehicle
Ellis, Tonja Lee, WF 34 of Cleveland – Charged with Possession of