Bowie County chase ends in Texarkana backyard; driver arrested

Bowie County chase ends in Texarkana backyard; driver arrested
The driver of the truck, identified as Bryan Yeager, 37, was arrested, according to authorities. (Source: Fred Gamble)

TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) — A chase involving Bowie County, Texas sheriff’s deputies ended in the backyard of a Texarkana, Ark. home Tuesday.

According to authorities, the chase started around 9 a.m. April 20 in the 4000 block of South Lake Drive in Bowie County when deputies noticed the truck had an illegal license plate. As they tried to stop the truck, the driver fled. Officials with the sheriff’s office say the pursuit traveled into rural south Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas, Genoa, Arkansas, and back into Texarkana, Arkansas before the driver turned onto a cul-du-sac in the 3000 block of Locust Street. It took 1.5 hours before the chase came to an end.

Officials say the driver backed his truck into a sheriff’s office unit, causing minor damage.

“I believe we went on every county road in Arkansas in Miller County,” said Deputy Ed Steger.

The driver of the truck, identified as 37-year-old Bryan Yeager, was arrested and two passengers were detained for questioning and later released. They reportedly told deputies they tried to get Yeager to stop, but that he refused.

During Yeager’s arrest, he was asked why he fled and claimed he wanted to see his child born.

“You see, he stopped right here. There is a deep ravine over here. I guess he decided not to attempt that,” Steger said.

No one was seriously injured. The truck was reported stolen, the sheriff’s office says.

“He was making evasive movements at oncoming traffic, putting the public in danger and ours as well, fortunate no one was hurt,” Steger said.

Yeager faces charges of felony evading and deadly conduct; more charges are pending. Officials say he also had two outstanding felony warrants.

At some point during the chase, units with the Miller County, Ark., Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and Texarkana police also were involved.

Man leads law officers on 1.5-hour chase in East Texas, southwest Arkansas

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