by Emily Waldrep
An off duty deputy was traveling south on Highway 69 at approximately 2 a.m. on December 10 when he witnessed a red Ford Focus passing his personal vehicle at a high rate of speed. After passing him, the vehicle merged back in the left-hand lane.
Shortly after, the vehicle merged back into the right-hand land and slowed to approximately 60 miles per hour so that he was traveling right beside the off duty deputy.
"He was looking over at the deputy motioning that he wanted to race," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford. "The suspect vehicle then sped up and merged back into the left-hand lane as the roadway narrowed."
The off-duty deputy was following the car traveling in excess of 95 miles per hour.
The deputy advised the dispatch that the driver could possibly be impaired and was driving recklessly and the Woodville Police Department made a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle on North Magnolia Street.
There were three subjects in the vehicle, and two of the subjects had warrants for their arrest.
Daniel Lee Hooks, age 25, of Woodville, had a warrant out of Hardin County for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, with a $100,000 bond. He is currently being held at the Hardin County Jail.
Betty Joyce Hodges, age 29, of Woodville, also had a warrant out of Tyler County for Theft of Property and is currently being held at the Tyler County Justice Center.
"It just goes to show that when you are out on the roadways you never know who is riding beside or behind you," Weatherford said.