Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

August 23, 2013

La. woman who led police on high-speed chase in April indicted in Cherokee County

'Dang. She's flying.' — chase witness

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress


 A woman believed to have been high on narcotics when she led authorities on an erratic 100 mph chase back in April has been indicted, court and police records show.

A Cherokee County grand jury recently indicted Jennifer Loveless Cross, 33, on three counts of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle and one count of tampering with physical evidence.

Cross is alleged to have led a daring April 4, chase along both directions of Highway 69 for more than 35 miles.

“Dang, (s)he's flying,” one Facebook poster on the road observed during the pursuit.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper ultimately was forced to stop Cross by spiking the tire of the small passenger Hyundai she was driving. She crashed into and uprooted a Rusk street sign, coming to a forced stop.

Rusk Police Chief Jamie Campbell said in April that Cross' erratic driving placed everyone around her on the road in danger.

“She nearly drove over a pedestrian as she sped through town,” Campbell told a Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter at the time.

The chase began in Rusk when an officer noticed her erratic driving and turned on police lights. It continued until the woman was five miles south of Alto.

It was at this point that Cross abruptly did a u-turn and headed back to Rusk the way she came.

Along the way, an observer clocked Cross traveling at 112 mph. However, she was traveling at a significantly lower speed when she hit the sign and came to a stop, authorities said.

Rusk authorities originally stated Cross is from Gray, La. Her indictments list her at a Jacksonville home address.

She remained in custody in Cherokee County Jail Thursday in lieu of $30,000 bail, records show.