Two officers hurt in early morning chase

A suspect was arrested after a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy and a Royse City Police Department officer were injured during an early morning chase along Interstate 30 and then into south Hunt County.

A suspect was arrested after a Hunt County Sheriff’s deputy and a Royse City Police Department officer were injured during an early morning chase along Interstate 30 and then into south Hunt County.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 12:05 a.m. of the pursuit proceeding eastbound on the interstate from Rockwall County.  

Royse City Police officers requested assistance with the pursuit that initiated in their city. Deputies joined the pursuit as it entered into the Greenville city limits when the suspect made an evasive maneuver and took Exit 94 to State Highway 69. A Hunt County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle and a Royse City Police Department vehicle were involved in a crash at the 94 mile marker eastbound on the interstate where the two officers were injured.

The suspect proceeded south on Highway 69 traveling through the south end of Hunt County.  Deputies were able to deploy spike strips at State Highway 34 and FM 2101 near Boles Home which resulted in the suspect vehicle being disabled.  The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was taken into custody a short time later without further incident.

The injured deputy and Royse City police officer were transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was transported to Rockwall County Jail by the Royse City Police Department.

The suspect was identified as Taylor Kieth Levassar, who does not have an address listed. He was arraigned on one count each of evade arrest/detention in a motor vehicle, manufacture/delivery of controlled substance of between four and 200 grams, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

“I am hopeful that the officers that were injured will make a full recovery,” said Sheriff Randy Meeks. “I want to commend all the officers involved in maintaining their composure during a very difficult situation and making sure this subject was taken into custody.”

The names of the injured officers were not immediately released, although Royse City Police Department spokesman Darnell Franklin said they are expected to make a full recovery.

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