Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 20, 2013

Fleeing suspect captured by JPD's 2012 'Officer Of The Year'

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — A pedestrian who aggressively resisted arrest when stopped in connection with an outstanding felony warrant Wednesday evening was captured by fleet-of-foot Jacksonville Police Department Officer Chase Berryhill – the JPD's 2012 “Officer of the Year.”

“This is not the smartest thing I have ever seen a suspect do,” Jacksonville Police Chief Reece Daniel said Thursday.

 “The additional charges against him should reinforce the foolishness of resisting arrest and trying to escape from officers.”

 As Officer Berryhill's recent award might indicate, he is on top of his game when it comes to foot chases. And although he took a minor jab to his face in Wednesday's struggle – which caused no real injury – he managed to chase down suspect Devante Treale Hinton, 21, with minimal difficulty, authorities said.

 The incident took place about 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block area of South Jackson, according to reports.

When the officer first spotted Hinton on foot, he recalled there was an outstanding felony warrant against the young adult for “Evading In a Vehicle,” the chief said.

“When Officer Berryhill pulled over and tried to arrest Hinton he began to resist violently and at one point struck the officer in the chin with his elbow,” Chief Daniel explained.

A subsequent foot chase covered  Palestine Street, Henderson Street and Tyler Street.

Other officers arrived on the scene as the chase continued.

Ultimately, Hinton was located on Deaton Street and surrounded by officers – at which point he stopped resisting and was taken into custody.

According to reports, Hinton remained in custody in Jacksonville Thursday waiting to be arraigned on additional charges of Resisting Arrest and Evading on Foot.

Berryhill has successfully chased down several bad guys in recent memory.  

In December 2012,  for instance, the officer made headlines when he apprehended an alleged serial burglar out of Tarrant County.

This  adventure  in-cluded a vigorous car and foot chase and a slight scuffle.

Berryhill subsequently caught the suspect and recovered all the property from the burglary.

That same week, Berryhill also was part of another chase during which shots were fired in his direction.

One excellent thing that comes from this particular arrest, Chief Daniel said, is it aptly de-monstrates the determination of local police officers on the job.

“Our officers do not give up,” the chief  said. “They will always stay on the hunt – until a person like this is apprehended.”