Man leads high-speed chase down Toll 49

Published on Sunday, 16 June 2013 23:54 - Written by

A man and woman were arrested after a 5-mile-long high-speed chase Sunday morning.

At 11:08 a.m., the Whitehouse Police Department received a 911 call from a driver reporting a man assaulting a woman inside a red F-150 pickup, according to a news release from the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

The truck, driven by 42-year-old Alan Dale Crouch, allegedly fled from officers north on Texas Highway 110, and then west on Toll 49.

A sheriff’s office patrol sergeant was waiting for the vehicle on Toll 49. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers also responded to the call.

Crouch initially swerved the truck toward the sergeant’s patrol car but did not strike it, the release states.

Authorities chased Crouch on Toll 49 with speeds of about 100 mph, south on Farm-to-Market Road 756 and east onto Oscar Burkett Road.

Crouch then drove the truck down an embankment, crossing both lanes of traffic of Toll 49, and up the other side, where he continued onto County Road 2297 and wrecked the truck.

Crouch fled the scene, but the 31-year-old female passenger, Amber Roxanne Johnson, stayed in the car and was arrested for an outstanding parole violation, according to the release.

The Whitehouse Police Department and the sheriff’s office K-9 units helped find Crouch hiding in a tree when he was arrested at 12:08 p.m.

Crouch was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for attempting to strike the patrol car, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and failure to identify a fugitive with intent to give false information.

As of late Sunday afternoon, he had not been given a bond.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office, Whitehouse police, Bullard police and DPS participated in the pursuit.