Tylerite faces multiple charges after Tuesday vehicular crash spree

Published on Thursday, 7 August 2014 13:15 - Written by

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

A Tyler man is facing serious charges after he crashed into multiple vehicles, fled from police at accelerated speeds through busy intersections, barely missing other vehicles before finally crashing into a tree. 

Tyler Police Spokesman Don Martin said Alonzo Robinson, 62, of Tyler, was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with driving while intoxicated, a second-degree felony, failure to stop and render aid, and evading in a vehicle, both also felonies. 

Martin said a Tyler motorcycle supervisor was traveling south on Vine Street just north of Bruno's Pizza when he noticed a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze traveling north almost hit a vehicle in the center lane.

"He also noticed the guy was driving with one tire completely off the rim, meaning there was no tire on that wheel," he said.

Martin said the officer initiated a traffic stop and radioed up ahead for additional officers to make a stop on the vehicle. 

But Robinson did not stop and drove through a red light at Houston Street and Palace Avenue and through Palace and Front Street, where he collided with three vehicles. 

"He turned around and didn't stop where people were injured and turned back south and went back down Palace in the direction he had just come from," he said.

Martin said Robinson then made a right turn onto Rusk Street and accelerated down the neighborhood street leaving the officer who was pursuing him.

"Officers were trying to get him pulled over, but he just floored it and blew through the intersection at Glenwood before he finally crashed into a tree," he said. 

Martin said he didn't believe anyone was seriously hurt in the crashes, and Robinson was taken into custody at the scene. Two tires were off of the vehicle when it crashed. 

"It could have been really bad especially with the amount of traffic that uses Glenwood Avenue. Thank God he didn't T-bone anyone when he went through that intersection, because he could have easily seriously injured them or killed them,"  he said.

Robinson bonded out of the Smith County Jail Wednesday on bonds totaling $8,500.