A known drug dealer wanted on felony warrants led Chambers County Sheriff deputies on a high-speed chase, resulting in a crash and his subsequent arrest.
The drama began when Chambers County Sheriff Office deputies saw a vehicle heading east about 9 p.m. on Interstate-10 near the Highway 146 exit Wednesday, said Sheriff Brian Hawthorne.
Deputies were able to recognize the vehicle and its lone occupant, Bradley Kevin Bruce, 33, of Hamshire. They also knew he had a felony Bond Revocation warrant from Chambers County, a misdemeanor Bond Revocation warrant from Jefferson County, and a Parole Violation warrant from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Hawthorne said.
“Bruce is well known to deputies as a long-time drug dealer in the Chambers and Jefferson County areas and has been arrested by both agencies numerous times for drugs and other crimes,” Hawthorne said.
As deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle for speeding, Bruce failed to stop and fled north on Highway 565.
“As speeds approached near 100 mph, deputies lost sight as Bruce crossed over Farm Road 1409 until they rounded a curve just east of Sunnyside Drive and saw smoke and a cloud of dust on the roadway ahead,” Hawthorne said. “Bruce lost control of his pickup truck and exited the roadway, and while attempting to gain control, Bruce’s vehicle was struck in the rear by a passenger car. This crash caused both vehicles to leave the roadway and land in the ditch.”
Bruce got out of his vehicle and fled on foot but was immediately taken into custody, Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne said deputies quickly rendered aid to the victims of the crash and called for emergency medical services. Victims of the crash were transported to the Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital.
“They received minor injuries and were released several hours later,” Hawthorne said.
A search of the vehicle Bruce had been operating revealed a half-pound of methamphetamine and a fully loaded .40 caliber handgun.
Bruce was transported and booked into the Chambers County jail for the outstanding warrants as well as evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction, a third-degree felony, and for possessing a controlled substance. He was also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, also a third-degree Felony.
“I am committed to working with the Chambers County District Attorney’s Office as well as the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas to ensure that Bruce is prosecuted to the full extent of the law; his blatant disregard for human safety cannot and will not be tolerated,” Hawthorne said.