A 38-year-old fugitive out of Gregg County who led police on a high-speed chase through Mineola and Wills Point was apprehended April 12 after a daylong manhunt that ended in Van Zandt County.
Chad Nathan Veazey of Kilgore was in Van Zandt County Jail this week on bonds totaling $163,500 and facing charges of evading arrest, possession of marijuana, resisting arrest, possession of a firearm by a felon, aggravated assault of a public servant and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, according to the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office.
At 8:17 a.m., a DPS trooper attempted to stop the driver of a white Ford Fiesta for a traffic violation, according to the Department of Public Safety.
Moments later, a pursuit was reported on U.S. Hwy. 80 East heading west into Mineola at speeds exceeding 100 mph, according to Mineola police. Mineola officers barely had time to respond to the intersection of Pacific Street and Broad Street when the chase came roaring through the city. Luckily, the light for east and west traffic turned green as they approached. The Fiesta was traveling westbound in the eastbound lane. A Mineola officer followed the pursuit to Grand Saline, just in case the trooper needed assistance until other agencies arrived, according to Mineola police.
The chase sped through Mineola and west into Wills Point. The Fiesta struck a volunteer firefighter who was attempting to clear traffic near Hwy. 47 and Hwy. 80. The firefighter suffered non-incapacitating injuries, according to the DPS.
The suspect then continued south and threw a firearm out of the window of the car, which struck the trooper’s vehicle. The suspect then traveled off the road through several pastures before abandoning his vehicle and fleeing on foot, the DPS reported.
Officials were initially unable to locate Veazey, and lawmen from multiple agencies responded to the manhunt, which involved dogs and officers on horseback.