Driver Escapes On Foot After 100 MPH Chase On Area Highway

MILAM COUNTY (February 5, 2014) A driver who led a Milam County deputy on a highway chase at speeds as high as 100 miles per hour Wednesday escaped on foot after abandoning what turned out to be a stolen pickup truck.

The chase started after Deputy Sam Ferguson attempted to pull the truck over early Wednesday morning for speeding on Highway 79 just west of Rockdale.

The driver attempted to elude Ferguson in a rural neighborhood and then returned to westbound Highway 79, leading the deputy on a 30-minute chase at speeds as high as 100 miles per hour, the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

The chase ended in a wooded area outside of Taylor, where the driver abandoned the truck and ran into the woods.

Officers set up a perimeter and searched the area with help from the pilot of a Travis County helicopter equipped with forward-looking infrared.

The suspect was able to escape, however, and the search was called off after about two hours, the sheriff’s office said.

Authorities determined that the truck was stolen in early January in Bastrop County.

No one was injured, but a Milam County patrol car sustained moderate damage during the pursuit of the suspect in the wooded area.