A stolen Mustang Shelby GT was reportedly used in a high speed chase around Sulphur Springs Monday night. The driver, a 29-year-old Atlanta, Texas man, also was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson reported first seeing the black car traveling at a high rate of speed on Interstate 30 west at 10:56 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. The deputy said as he sped up to attempt to catch up to the 2007 Mustang, the Shelby GT was driven off I-30 at exit 125.
The deputy temporarily lost sight of the speeding coupe, but headed back eastbound on I-30, enabling him to spot the car traveling east on East Shannon Road near Helm Lane. The Mustang turned north onto Loop 301 bridge, failing to signal as it did so, and nearly spinning out as it accelerated. The deputy hit the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle. Instead of stopping as indicated by the emergency lights and stop sign, Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports, the driver accelerated at a high rate of speed through the Loop 301-Jefferson Street intersection, Wilkerson reported.
Wilkerson reported turning on his emergency siren and pursued the Mustang as it continued at speeds in excess of 100 mph on Loop 301 until the car reached State Highway 19. The Shelby continued through the intersection without stopping, spinning out before stopping, Wilkerson noted in arrest reports.
As Wilkerson pulled his vehicle up to the Ford, the car then reportedly began traveling south on Hillcrest Drive at rates of speed over 120 mph. HCSO Deputies Joshua Davis and Thomas Patterson were able to enter the pursuit just south of Sulphur Springs Airport. The pursuit continued south to the State Highway 11 west-Hillcrest Drive intersection, where the black car turned west onto SH 11 west, spinning out a second time as it did. The car rested facing law enforcement patrol vehicles that had pulled up to it. Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports.
Deputies, including Michael Chang, and Sulphur Springs Police officers, who’d arrived to assist upon hearing the pursuit being called, ordered the driver to exit the Mustang Shelby. When he didn’t they removed him for the vehicle, put him on the ground and secured him into handcuffs, then placed him into custody at 11:01 p.m. Sept. 5, 2022, Wilkerson noted in arrest reports.
A records check by dispatchers showed the Mustang had been reported to the police department in Atlanta, Texas as stolen. A pipe of the kind used to smoke methamphetamine which contained residue, as well as a bag containing a crystal-like substance suspected to be meth were located in the vehicle prior to it being impounded, Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports. The contraband was taken as evidence.
EMS arrived to evaluate the 29-year-old Atlanta, Texas man who’d been driving the Mustang. When EMS cleared him medically, Tyrae Taymond “Ty” Jacobs was transported at 12:20 a.m. Sept. 6, 2022, to the county jail, where he was booked in at 1:01 a.m. Tuesday for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. The crystal-like substance weighed 1.137 grams, including packaging, and field-tested positive for meth, resulting in Jacobs also being charged with possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, Wilkerson wrote in arrest reports.
Jacobs remained in Hopkins County jail later Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022. Bonds on the charges totaled $175,000 — $100,000 on the evading arrest charge, $50,000 on the controlled substance charge and $25,000 on the stolen Mustang Shelby charge, according to jail reports.
A records check, Wilkerson wrote in arrest reports, also showed Jacobs to have recently been released from custody on bond in Cass County for “similar criminal offenses,” including evading arrest or detention with vehicle and possession of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.
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