Athens Review, Athens, Texas

May 13, 2013

Chase leads to arrest

APD officers pursue man by car, then foot

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A 20-year-old man who was determined he wasn’t going to be stopped by an Athens Police Department officer Saturday afternoon was arrested after a car-and-foot chase.

Kendrek Dywene Taylor was booked into the Henderson County Jail for evading arrest in a motor vehicle and evading arrest. He was released Sunday after posting $7,500 bond.

According to APD reports, Taylor was driving a Ford Crown Victoria at about 1:20 p.m., when he turned from Barbara Street to Bunny Rabbit Road traveling at a high speed.

Sgt. William E. Smith signaled with his overhead lights and his siren for the vehicle to stop, but Taylor continued on Bunny Rabbit until he reached Valle Vista Road.

At that point, Taylor left the roadway, struck a fire hydrant and traveled into a creek. Taylor got out of the vehicle, was ordered to stop as he exited the creek, then ran away.

Taylor crossed Valle Vista, and continued onto Aaron Street until he reached the railroad tracks. By then, Cpl. Jason Bosher and Officer James Graham were also involved in the chase. The officers caught up with Taylor and made the arrest.

Lt. Mike Davis said he doesn’t know why Taylor fled rather than stopping for the traffic violation.

“Ninety percent of the time the officer will just write a warning or a citation and let them go if they’ll just stop,” Davis said.