High-speed chase ends with crash
By Chris Edwards
FRED – A high-speed chase on the morning of Friday, April 7 ended with a crash of a stolen vehicle and a suspect having to make a detour at the hospital en route to jail.
Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said that the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office received word of a stolen Chevrolet pickup truck, which was headed northbound on FM 92 from Hardin County into Tyler County. Deputies saw the truck in Fred, and when they attempted to instigate a stop, the driver, who was identified later as Christopher Allen Venable, Jr., a 25-year-old Silsbee man, headed south back toward Hardin County.
Venable lost control of the truck when he turned onto CR 4700 near Spurger and crashed into a tree. The vehicle was so mangled, according to Weatherford, that Venable had to be rescued by firefighters.
The suspect was initially taken to Tyler County Hospital for treatment of his injuries, which Weatherford described as minor, and then taken to Tyler County Jail where he was booked on a variety of charges.
Venable is still in custody on bonds set at a combined $165K.
He is being charged with evading arrest (previous conviction); unauthorized use of vehicle (two charges); assault of family/household member (previous conviction); engaging in organized criminal activity; theft of material (aluminum/bronze/copper/brass) and theft of property (greater than or equal in value to $2,500 but less than $30K).