Two Brownwood men remained jailed Thursday on multiple charges following a vehicle pursuit early Wednesday morning that began in Brownwood, entered the Lake Brownwood area and ended up back in Brownwood.
A Brownwood police vehicle sustained damage when an officer swerved to miss a deer, sending the vehicle off the road and against a fence, Assistant Brownwood Police Chief James Fuller said. The officer was not injured and the vehicle is repairable, Fuller said.
Emilio Castorena, 19, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest, unlawful carrying weapon, reckless driving, evidence tampering, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and driving with invalid license, jail records state. Castorena’s bonds total $65,000.
Wyatt Hughes, 24, was booked on charges of evading arrest, evidence tampering, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and motion to revoke probation for assault. Hughes’ bonds total $25,000.
According to reports from the Brown County Police and Brown County Sheriff’s Office:
Brownwood officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2005 Chevrolet SUV at 1:15 a.m. Wednesday. The driver, identified as Castorena, led officers on a pursuit toward the Lake Dam area.
Sheriff’s Cpl. Taylor Fletcher and other deputies responded to assist Brownwood police with a northbound pursuit on Highway 279. The SUV traveled at more than 100 mph and the operator drove through private property, swerved toward oncoming traffic when meeting oncoming police vehicles and drove in oncoming traffic lanes on blind curves and hills, Fletcher’s report states.
The pursuit made several turns and ended up traveling through residential areas and on private property in Cason’s Cove.
The pursuit re-entered Highway 279 and came back into Brownwood, where the fleeing SUV went off-road in the area of Waco and Poplar streets. Both occupants jumped from the SUV and ran.
Fletcher pursued Castorena on foot and took him into custody. Deputy Mason Fabbiani found Hughes lying in a brushy area in the 2300 block of Main Boulevard.
Later Wednesday morning, deputy Jayson Bastardo was dispatched to the intersection of FM 1849 and Highway 279, where narcotics had been found. A witness told Bastardo he found a case with drugs and paraphernalia. Bastardo opened the case, which contained just over a gram of methamphetamine, a pipe and a debit card receipt.
Bastardo learned Castorena had a debit card that matched the receipt, and Castorena said the case was his, Bastardo’s report states. Bastardo’s report alleged the case had been thrown from the SUV during the pursuit, but Castorena would not say who threw it out, the report states.