Lufkin police arrest Houston man after wrong-way chase, wreck

Lufkin police responded to a chase early in the morning on Thursday. The chase ended in a wreck and the arrest of a Houston man.

Around 1 a.m. today, police say they received a report of a reckless driver who was swerving all over the road on U.S. 59 near the intersection of College Drive. The caller said the driver nearly hit them several times and she believed they may have been intoxicated.

An officer attempted to make contact with the reckless driver, later identified as James Joiner, 29, of Houston, after he stopped at On the Road gas station at 4110 S. First. Police say Joiner refused to stop and pulled onto U.S. 59, headed northbound in the southbound lane at a high rate of speed. He continued driving the wrong way, passing 18-wheelers and other traffic on the highway at roughly 85 mph.

After passing Lufkin Mall, Joiner crossed back into the northbound lane and continued on. An officer managed to spike three of the his tires near Donut Palace, causing Joiner to slow down to 20 mph. Police say he continued on to Timberland Drive and turned onto Denman Avenue before slowly heading out U.S. 69 south.

An officer attempted to spike his remaining tire near Spring Lake Drive, but was unsuccessful. The officer then used a PIT maneuver to stop Joiner’s vehicle which was traveling at around 8 mph.

After being pitted, officers say Joiner wrecked out into a tree. Officers then took him into custody. He is charged with evading arrest with a vehicle with a previous conviction.

Joiner remains in the Angelina County Jail.

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Tags: Wrong way chase, arrest