Brownwood police sought the public’s help in locating a 22-year-old Lake Brownwood man who eluded a police pursuit late Thursday night, but announced later Friday that City Marshal Dean Kilburn had taken the suspect into custody.
David Justin Martin “is under arrest and speaking with detectives at this time,” Assistant Police Chief James Fuller emailed at 1:42 p.m. Fuller did not have details on the arrest.
Police had obtained warrants for Martin’s arrest for evading arrest/detention with a vehicle and aggravated assault against a public servant in connection with the pursuit.
According to an earlier email from Fuller:
Cpl. Noe Acosta was following up at 9:30 p.m. on an earlier trespassing complaint. While parked in the 1900 block of 13th Street, Acosta saw the suspect drive by the trespassing complainant’s residence, which was within the block. Acosta saw the suspect turn westbound onto Avenue K, and Acosta also turned onto the roadway in an attempt to initiate contact.
While attempting to catch up to the suspect vehicle, Acosta saw the suspect run a stop sign. Acosta accelerated in an attempt to get closer and initiate a traffic stop.
Once Acosta activated his emergency light equipment, the suspect accelerated greatly, refusing to stop. At the intersection of Shaw Drive and Coggin Avenue, the suspect crossed Coggin Avenue and pulled into a private drive.
Acosta followed the suspect vehicle and saw suspect make a U-turn and come at him. The suspect intentionally drove at Acosta’s patrol vehicle and struck the patrol vehicle on the driver’s side front corner, Fuller’s email stated.
The suspect then continued driving beside Acosta’s vehicle, and his vehicle struck Acosta’s again before getting stuck between a tree and the patrol vehicle.
The suspect climbed out and fled on foot.
The Criminal Investigations Division was contacted to assist in the investigation, and detectives were able to identify the suspect as Martin.
Detectives met with Justice of the Peace Doug Hurt and secured two warrants for Martin’s arrest.