Weatherford Democrat

July 5, 2013

High-speed chase suspects found, arrested by PCSO


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE



Two men believed to have been in a vehicle that led Parker County deputies in a high-speed pursuit before wrecking in Palo Pinto County last week were arrested Tuesday on warrants.

Donnie Andrew James Howard, 17, and Aaron Russell Ehrle, 31, both of Mineral Wells, were arrested by Parker County law enforcement Tuesday on charges in connection with a June 26 pursuit that began in Millsap.

According to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a car on Northwest Front Street in Millsap around 1:30 a.m. on June 26.

However, the passenger reportedly did not obey deputies’ commands and to open his fist, which was clenching something, or get out of the vehicle.

The passenger began pouring a white, crystal-like substance, believed to be possible methamphetamine, in his mouth, according to the sheriff’s office.

The driver then sped away westbound on Farm-to-Market Road 3028 pursued by the deputies, who reported speeds reached above 100 mph. 

Deputies reportedly lost the vehicle about 15 minutes into the pursuit that traveled along Old Millsap Highway, Highway 379 and FM 1195.

However, they located the vehicle upside down in a ditch near an intersection on FM 1195, the sheriff’s office reported.

Both men reportedly fled the scene and, despite a search of the area, the authorities were unable to locate the suspects.

Deputies allegedly found two bags of suspected methamphetamines and several identification items that did not belong belong to the suspects.

Both men remained in the Parker County Jail on the felony warrants as of Wednesday evening.

Howard, the suspected driver, was charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, more than five items, and possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram.

Ehrle was charged with possession of a controlled substance, less than a gram, tampering with physical evidence fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, more than five items, and credit or debit card abuse.