Two people were taken to Tyler hospitals Sunday after their car crashed into a tree during a police chase.
A Smith County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a 2005 gold Chevrolet Malibu after its driver repeatedly failed to dim the headlights, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. The deputy wanted to ensure the driver was not driving while intoxicated.
The driver, 42-year-old Joe David Hubbard, fled from the deputy. After a brief pursuit, the car left the roadway and crashed into trees on the north side of Farm-to-Market Road 344, about one mile west of Texas Highway 110.
Hubbard was flown to a Tyler hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Passenger Crysta Chambers, of Tyler, also was taken to a hospital for evaluation.
The Department of Public Safety is investigating the collision, and as of Sunday evening, Hubbard was not in jail, although he faces numerous criminal charges, including a possible outstanding state warrant for parole violation, according to the release.
Hubbard also is suspected of leaving the scene of a head-on accident earlier last week on Texas Highway 110, south of Whitehouse, according to the release. That incident remains under investigation by DPS.