TYE, TX – Video has surfaced of the 100 mph police chase through the Big Country on Wednesday.
As previously reported, on May 3, 2023, a high speed chase through the Big Country ended in a crash. For the original story see: Wild 100 MPH Chase Ends in Crash in the Big Country
Later that day the Texas DPS released a statement confirming that the chase involved two suspects. The first was 22-year-old Jacobe Jabar Johnson of Arlington. He was uninjured in the crash, was arrested, and charged with felony evading arrest.
Johnson's passenger however Aaron Earl Rattler, 27, of Garland, was seriously injured and was taken to Hendricks Medical Center South for treatment. He later died from his injuries.
A video has surfaced online showing the crash. WARNING THE FOLLOWING VIDEO SHOWS EXTREME CONTENT THAT INCLUDES GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND SITUATIONS. VIEWERS DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
The following is the official press release from the Texas DPS on the incident:
On 5/3/23 at 6:56 A.M. the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was involved in a pursuit of a fleeing driver that culminated in a multiple vehicle crash in Jones County, on US Highway 277 (US 277). A DPS trooper attempted a traffic stop on a silver Kia passenger car speeding on Interstate 20 (IH-20) at milepost 273. The driver of the speeding car refused to stop and fled from the trooper. The pursuit of the vehicle transpired on multiple roadways and directions in the northwest Taylor County area and continued north on US 277 into Jones County for several miles. The violator once again reversed directions fleeing back toward Abilene on US 277. Troopers deployed spike systems to stop the fleeing vehicle. The fleeing driver attempted to avoid the spikes traveling into and across the northbound lanes of US 277 striking two vehicle that were driving north. The motorists traveling north on US 277 were driving a Nissan Frontier pickup truck and Ford Escape. Both drivers were injured and transported to a local hospital with incapacitating and non-incapacitating injuries. The fleeing driver was taken into custody and identified as Jacobe Jabar Johnson 22 years of age from Arlington, Texas. Johnson was transporting a passenger who was also injured in the crash and was taken to Hendricks Medical Center South for treatment. Johnson was transporting a passenger identified as Aaron Earl Rattler 27 year of age of Garland, Texas. Mr. Rattler was injured in this crash and was taken to Hendricks Medical Center South for treatment but later died in the hospital. Jacobe Johnson will be charged with evading arrest or detention in a vehicle, which is a felony offense, and he will be booked into the Jones County jail. Johnson will be charged with additional crimes as they are revealed in this investigation. The investigation of this event is ongoing. Further information will be release as it becomes available and upon its conclusion.