Weatherford Democrat

July 27, 2013

Pursuit, standoff ends in arrest


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE



PARKER COUNTY – A Springtown man was eventually taken into custody and charged with multiple felonies after, authorities say, he led deputies in a lengthy pursuit and engaged in a standoff that resulted in the closure of State Highway 199 early Saturday morning.

Deputies conducting a traffic stop in the eastbound lanes near Highway 199 East and New Highland Road around 11:30 p.m. Friday reportedly observed two westbound vehicles cross into the eastbound lanes, according to the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

The first vehicle pulled up alongside a deputy and the female driver reported she was being chased by a man in a white Corvette with a gun.

The Corvette approached deputies in the oncoming lane and was ordered to stop at gunpoint but accelerated, according to the sheriff’s office. One of the deputies reportedly took evasive action to avoid being hit by the vehicle.

The Corvette then crossed the median into the westbound lanes and led deputies and DPS troopers in a pursuit across northern Parker County that lasted about an hour, according to the sheriff’s office.

A deputy at the scene on SH 199 contacted the Corvette driver, identified as 40-year-old Michael Scott Haynes, by phone and coaxed him into returning to surrender, the sheriff’s office reported.

Haynes returned but reportedly held authorities at bay for about 20 minutes by holding a semi-automatic handgun to his chest and threatening to kill himself.

Fire personnel shut down eastbound and westbound traffic on SH 199 as Parker County’s special weapons and tactical team was dispatched to the area.

Haynes put down his gun, and he was taken into custody.

The woman reportedly told authorities that the incident stemmed from a domestic matter between the two and began when she saw Haynes display a handgun near her home.

She reportedly fled the area at a high rate of speed with the suspect giving chase, according to the sheriff’s office.

Haynes was booked into the Parker County Jail on charges of aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, stalking and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

Bond had not been set by a magistrate as of late Saturday morning.