GILMER — A 40-year-old Cedar Hill man died after the car in which he was fleeing an Upshur County sheriff's deputy crashed into a concrete pillar underneath an overpass late Monday, said Gilmer Police Chief James Grunden.
The Upshur County Sheriff's Office had notified city police at 10:44 p.m. that a deputy was pursuing a car which was northbound toward Gilmer on south Hwy. 155, and whose occupant was throwing something out the window, Grunden said. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Walt Smith laid down spikes to slow the fleeing car at the rural intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 2685 and 155, and the vehicle traveled 1.38 miles past that point, Grunden said.
Green crossed the intersection with 271 before slamming into a pillar to the left. The police report on the incident did not identify the sheriff's deputy.
No narcotics or illegal items were found in Green's vehicle, said the chief, who said police Sgt. Marc Rider's report on the incident did not indicate what triggered the chase since city police only investigated the accident itself.
Grunden said Tuesday investigation is continuing.