A chase reached speeds of nearly 70 mph along Highway 301 through Selma. Selma Police said it happened at 1:47am Monday.
Officer C.E. Eason Jr. was on routine patrol in a marked police cruiser when he spotted a silver 2001 Toyota Sequoia speeding northbound on Highway 301. Officer Eason said he clocked the vehicle on radar at 65 mph. He turned on his blue light and siren and attempted to stop the vehicle but it continued on at a high rate of speed. The SUV slammed on the brakes as it reached the railroad tracks on Highway 301 then abruptly turned onto West Railroad Street and slowed to 20 to 30 mph. The driver did not stop until reaching the driveway of a home in the 400 block of West Railroad Street.
Police said they detained the driver, 46 year-old Jimmy Anthony Solis of Manvel, Texas. According to a police report, a Budweiser beer bottle was found on the floor board that was still cool to the touch.
Solis allegedly refused to submit to a field sobriety test. After being transported to the Selma Police Department, Solis also allegedly refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.
Solis was charged with felony fleeing to elude arrest, driving while impaired, reckless driving, and speeding.
He was given a $25,000 bond. Police said Solis also has a pending DWI charge from January 2019.
No injuries was reported and no vehicles were damaged during the pursuit.