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Man, Woman Charged After High-Speed Chase Through, Around Waco

WACO (January 11, 2013)—A man and woman arrested after a high-speed chase that wound for nearly an hour through Waco onto Interstate 35 and up Highway 6 and then back into the city on China Spring Road before it ended were jailed Friday.

Tommie Edward Saulters, 37, and Carrie Woodlock, 32, were in the McLennan County Jail Friday morning.

Saulters was ordered held on bonds totaling $195,000, charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, aggravated assault on a public servant and theft over $500, but under $1,500.

Woodlock was ordered held on a $20,000 charged with hindering apprehension.

The two were arrested at around 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of North 21st-A Street and Park Lake Drive after the fleeing driver’s car, with two shredded tires, collided with the rear of a police car.

A second man who was in the car was detained for questioning, but was later released.

The pursuit, which involved U.S. marshals, McLennan County deputies, state troopers and Waco police, started at around 3:45 p.m. Thursday after marshals attempted to pull the car over on South Valley Mills Drive near Memorial Drive.

The driver, whom authorities identified as Saulters, was wanted for a state parole violation on a drug conviction, Kevin Scott of the U.S. Marshal’s Service said.

Instead of stopping, the driver pulled into a nearby shopping center and then onto Memorial and sped off with the marshals in pursuit.

At some point during the chase, the driver attempted to ram a U.S. marshal’s vehicle, and he also held his hand out the window and made a gesture as if he were firing a gun at pursuing officers, Scott said.

The driver, or one of the two people in the car with him, called 911 during the chase and was talking to a dispatcher, Scott said.

The driver rammed a Department of Public Safety trooper’s vehicle on North 19th Street, just before turning onto Park Lake moments before the chase ended, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Friday.

After the car stopped, the driver refused to get out and officers had to break out the vehicle’s windows in order to take him into custody, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Friday.

Saulters was wanted in Waco in connection with the theft of tools and a floor jack on Nov. 29 in the 4200 block of North 25th Street.

Officers used spike strips at least twice in an effort to stop the car, shredding a front a rear tire.

One witness counted as many as two-dozen patrol cars, but a News 10 reporter later counted 50 law enforcement vehicles in the area where the chase stopped.

Paramedics checked out Saulters and the two other people who were in the car after the chase ended and then Saulters and Woodlock were arrested.


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