Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


November 18, 2013

Arkansas man who led a Thursday morning car chase might have been looking to kill the Jacksonville police officer in pursuit, sergeant says

* Arkansas man found with firearm, buck knife and 'Scream' mask in vehicle



“It would have been easy for him to grab (the pistol) and shoot the officer as he approached,” Sgt. Franklin said.

McGhee remained in custody in Jacksonville Jail Thursday, jail records show; bond had not been set.

The chase began about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday and at its conclusion, McGhee was arrested on Suspicion Of Evading Arrest With A Vehicle, a Third Degree Felony; Unlawful Carrying Of A Weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor; and Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Additionally, Dobbs received numerous traffic citations for stop lights and traffic lights he ran during the pursuit.

According to Sgt. Franklin, Officer Dobbs was initially in his patrol vehicle around Kickapoo and Patton when he spotted McGhee approaching behind him. McGhee's car swerved and swiveled around Dobbs, and the officer decided to give pursuit.

McGhee first came to a stop in the 600 block of Jefferson Street, according to reports. When he stopped, Officer Dobbs full believed the driver was yielding to police lights and started to climb out of his police vehicle.

However, when he opened his car door the other vehicle spun its tires and sped off. Officer Dobbs resumed the chase.

It continued north on Jefferson and then east on Madison with Officer Dobbs perusing behind. It traveled east on Madison and continued for awhile, reached Jefferson before continuing east on Madison.

When McGhee stopped the vehicle again in the 700 block of Patton, Officer Dobbs put his lights on and pulled up again to McGhee's car, but the vehicle once again sped off like before, heading north on Patton.

The next time McGhee stopped his car was when backup help arrived to help, and the driver flipped Dobbs off with both hands as he climbed out.

Berryhill helped grab McGee, holding him as he put him into his cuffs with his hands behind his head.


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