East Texas man accused of assaulting a law officer

He also reportedly drove into oncoming traffic while being chased by authorities for about a dozen miles

East Texas man accused of assaulting a law officer
An East Texas man is accused of assaulting a law officer who was trying to detain him. He also reportedly drove into oncoming traffic while being chased by authorities for about a dozen miles.

MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - An East Texas man is accused of assaulting a police officer then leading authorities on a chase for about a dozen miles.

The events began to unfold at 12:21 p.m. Thursday when Marshall police responded to a request for a welfare check in the 2400 block of Frank Street.

That’s where officers say they encountered 49-year-old Marshall resident Tony Parish.

He became aggressive toward officers, assaulting one who was trying to detain him, then got in his vehicle and drove away, police spokeswoman Kelly Colvin said.

Officers chased Parish west on U.S. Highway 80 with him driving into oncoming traffic near Hallsville.

Harrison County sheriff’s deputies took command of the pursuit and stopped Parish’s vehicle.

After being evaluated at Christus Good Shepherd Medical Center in Marshall, Parish was booked into the Harrison County Jail on one count each of assault on a peace officer and evading arrest.

Hallsville police also assisted in the chase and arrest.

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