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Troopers: Longview man fled in vehicle, rammed patrol car, tried to pull knife

From Staff Reports
July 3, 2012 at 10:20 a.m.


A Longview man was arrested Monday after troopers said he lead officers on a chase in his vehicle, rammed a patrol car and attempted to pull a knife on them.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested Lucas Dane Stevens, 18, after he fled during a traffic stop at about 10 p.m. near Jaycee Drive and Texas 31, according to arrest reports.

After stopping, Stevens took off in his vehicle.

Stevens then lead troopers on a chase, during which he ran other drivers off the road and rammed into another patrol car before crashing near the intersection of Scenic Drive and Branch Street.

He then fled on foot. Troopers caught up with him in the backyard of a nearby residence. During the arrest, Stevens attempted to pull a knife on the officials, according to his arrest affidavit.

Stevens was found to be on methamphetamine and had 5.2 grams of the drug on him.

He has been charged with aggravated assault on a public servant, evading detention with a vehicle, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest detention on foot, reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated. He is being held in the Gregg County Jail on bonds totaling $173,000.

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