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updated 2:33 PM UTC, Aug 16, 2018

Spurger man leads officers on chase in dilapidated vehicle

By Valerie Reddell
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Tyler County deputies have arrested a Spurger man after he lead officers on a chase around the Spurger community in an unregistered vehicle.

On Feb. 1, at about 4 p.m., deputies were patrolling the Spurger area and attempted to stop a passenger car for a traffic violation. The 2001 Toyota, spray painted red and black, had no hood, side quarter panels or bumpers.

As deputies activated emergency lights and sirens, the "shell" of a Toyota, continued down County Road 4565 toward FM 92 South.

The Toyota, driven by a white male, turned south onto County Road 4566, refusing to stop.

On County Road 4566, Deputies were joined by Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers and Constables as the pursuit continued.

As the Toyota eventually turned north onto FM 92 heading toward Spurger, Officers saw the suspect driver throwing money, in bill form, out of the side window area.
The suspect turned east onto 1013 headed toward Jasper County, traveling at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.

The suspect vehicle managed to get around officers attempting to deploy tire deflation spike systems and began traveling East on 1013 towards Spurger.
Once in Spurger, the suspect turned south on FM 92 and then east onto County Road 4565.

The suspect vehicle continued traveling into a hunting club area where the vehicle eventually became stuck in mud. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Damian Watts, 21, of Spurger, was taken into custody without incident.

Watts was booked into the Tyler County Jail, charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle and bribery.

Watts made a comment to officers, "why didn't you take the bribe? The money I threw out the window was for you."

Watts remains in the Tyler County Jail with bonds totaling $30,000, set by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.

The sheriff's office has received numerous complaints about this vehicle traveling in the Spurger and Fred area over the past week.

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