Pauls Valley Democrat
One Pauls Valley teenager’s decision to take authorities on a high speed chase before Christmas got its post-holiday wrapping with the filing of criminal charges.
A trio of felony charges were filed Thursday in Garvin County District Court against 18-year-old Ricky Michael Deaton Williamson after he led a local police officer on a pursuit throughout town a week earlier.
The charges now faced by Williamson include endangering others while eluding a police officer, running a roadblock and the unauthorized use of a vehicle.
The formal allegations came after Williamson was first suspected and later admitted to being the driver of a car pursued throughout parts of Pauls Valley back on Dec. 22.
Police reports shows it was Pauls Valley police officer Kyle Hewett who got into the pursuit when he first attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding while in the 1400 block of West Grant.
Not only did the vehicle fail to stop it once went off the roadway at nearby Indian Meridian before speeding through a number of intersections starting with one near Royal Oaks on the west side of PV.
The driver then took the vehicle through a stop sign and directly in front of a westbound tractor truck almost causing a collision on Airline Road in southern PV.
When the vehicle made its way to West Avenue and continued northbound it got through a roadblock set up at the Fields Row intersection.
Speeds then reached over 100 mph for the fleeing vehicle as it traveled westbound on Royal Oaks. As it returned to the Indian Meridian intersection the vehicle at one point went airborne as Hewett reported seeing sparks fly when the car came back down to the roadway.
A short time later the vehicle was found abandoned on a county road a few miles west of Pauls Valley.
A search of the vehicle resulted in Hewett finding a number of things, such as an undisclosed amount of marijuana and a driver’s license. It turns out the license belongs to the grandson of the vehicle’s owner.
A tip then led officers to an apartment complex on the west side of PV as they searched for the grandson. What they found instead was one person, later identified as Williamson, attempt to flee from the back of an apartment.
Williamson was allowed to leave at that time but was later retrieved for questioning when officers understood he was one of possibly three individuals in the fleeing vehicle.
He then admitted to being the driver during the chase, according to police reports.
An investigation in the case is continuing and other criminal charges could later be filed against the other individuals.