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DPS: Man fleeing officials in Panola County intentionally crashes into 18-wheeler

CARTHAGE, Texas (KETK) – A man allegedly fled from officials in Panola County on Wednesday, resulting in what has been determined as an “intentional crash” with an 18-wheeler.

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According to the Panola County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), on Wednesday at approximately 9:15 a.m. Panola County Courthouse security was attempting to take an individual identified as Chad Wesley Jones into custody. Officials said that Jones fled from the courthouse and entered a vehicle to escape.

PCSO said that officers located the vehicle on South Market Street when they activated their lights and attempted to pull the vehicle over. Authorities said that the vehicle did not pull over and exited onto Loop 436 and then onto State Highway 315.

Officials said that while fleeing, Jones allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic and his vehicle collided with an oncoming 18-wheeler. PCSO said that EMS and the Carthage Fire Department responded to the crash while Carthage PD and DPS controlled traffic.

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Sheriff Cutter Clinton said that the driver of the 18-wheeler was uninjured and Jones was taken to a local hospital. The sheriff said that DPS determined that the crash was intentional.

After being taken to the hospital, Jones has been booked into the Panola County Jail and charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and escape causing or threatening bodily injury with a deadly weapon.

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