Just before 10:30 p.m., Thursday, Magnolia Police began chasing a Deputy U.S. Marshal in an unmarked vehicle. The chase started in Magnolia and traveled north on F.M. 1774 through Waller County and then ended in Grimes County, near Plantersville. The pursuit involved Magnolia Police and Montgomery County Deputies and was stopped by a roadblock created by Grimes County Deputies.
According to Grimes County reports, at least three Magnolia Police officers pursued a suspect, who turned out to be a U.S. Marshals Deputy in an unmarked Chevrolet pickup. Police say they followed the Deputy U.S. Marshal with their lights activated, but he did not pull over. The chase ended at the intersection of F.M. 1774 and State Highway 105. Grimes County Deputy reports indicate that the Deputy Marshal was turned over to Magnolia Police, who told them he was responding to a call in Bryan. The Deputy Marshal’s story was reportedly verified by Magnolia Police and then released.
"I’m not concerned about what his resume is. I’m concerned about why that individual didn’t pull over,” said Grimes County Sheriff, Don Sowell.
According to reports, the chase reached speeds of 100 MPH on the two-lane highway.
"You cannot place the public in that kind of danger and then you have several units pursuing you. You’re required to pull over,” said Sowell.
Sheriff Sowell says even though his department was called in to assist and the chase ended in Grimes County, he has yet to hear from the U.S. Marshals Service as to why the agent allegedly refused to pull over.
Sowell said, "I think the U.S. Marshal’s Service certainly needs to justify to the agencies that initiated pursuit and all of them as to what justified this."
Grimes County Deputies were able to safely close down State Highway 105 before the chase reached that busy intersection. No one was injured.
An employee with Magnolia Police told US to contact the U.S. Marshals Service for information about the incident. A spokesperson for the Marshals Service told us the incident is under investigation and he would not release the Deputy Marshals’ name. KBTX News contacted Bryan Police to see if the Marshal was responding to an incident in Bryan, but police refused to comment.
It remains unknown why Magnolia Police began to pursue the pickup truck. The Deputy U.S. Marshal is reportedly based out of the Houston area.