A stolen Mustang Shelby GT was reportedly used in a high-speed chase around Sulfur Springs Monday night. The driver, a 29-year-old Atlanta, Texas man, was also found in possession of methamphetamine, according to the arrest report.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson reported first seeing a black car speeding down West Interstate 30 at 10:56 p.m. Monday, September 5, 2022. The deputy said as he accelerated to catch up. 2007 Mustang, Shelby GT steered from the I-30 at exit 125.
The deputy temporarily lost sight of the speeding coupe, but returned east on I-30, allowing him to see a car speeding east on East Shannon Road near Helm Lane. The Mustang turned north onto the Loop 301 bridge, failed to signal while doing so, and nearly spun as it accelerated. The deputy turned on the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle. Instead of stopping as indicated by the emergency lights and stop signs, Wilkerson alleged in the arrest report, the driver was speeding through the 301-Jefferson Street Loop intersection, Wilkerson reported.
Wilkerson reported turning on his emergency siren and chasing the Mustang Shelby traveling at over 100 mph on Loop 301 until the car reached State Highway 19. Shelby continued through the intersection without stopping, turning before stopping, Wilkerson noted in the arrest report.
When Wilkerson towed his vehicle into the Ford, the car then reportedly started speeding south on Hillcrest Drive at over 120 mph. HCSO deputies Joshua Davis and Thomas Patterson were able to enter the chase just south of Sulfur Springs Airport. The chase continued south to the junction of State Highway 11 west-Hillcrest Drive, where the black car turned west onto SH 11 west, turning a second time like that. The car stopped facing the law enforcement patrol vehicle that had stopped there. Wilkerson was charged in the arrest report.
Deputies, including Michael Chang, and Sulfur Springs Police officers, who came to help after hearing a chase was called, ordered the driver to get out of the Mustang Shelby. When he didn’t, they transferred him to a vehicle, placed him on the ground and handcuffed him, then placed him in custody at 11:01 p.m. September 5, 2022, Wilkerson noted in the arrest report.
An examination of records by dispatchers showed that the Mustang had been reported to the police department in Atlanta, Texas as stolen. A pipe of the type used to smoke methamphetamine contained residue, as well as a bag containing a crystal-like substance suspected of having methamphetamine was found in the vehicle before it was seized, Wilkerson alleges in the arrest report. The contraband was taken as evidence.
EMS arrived to evaluate the 29-year-old Atlanta, Texas man driving the Mustang. When EMS medically released him, Tyrae Taymond “Ty” Jacobs was transported at 12:20 p.m. September 6, 2022, to the county jail, where he was detained at 1:01 p.m. Tuesday for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and illegal use of a motor vehicle. . The crystalline substance weighed 1.137 grams, including packaging, and tested positive in the field for methamphetamine, resulting in Jacobs also being charged with having 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of the substance controlled by Penalty Group 1, Wilkerson wrote in the arrest. report.
Jacobs remains in the Hopkins County jail Tuesday night, September 6, 2022. Bonds on charges amount to $175,000-$100,000 to evade arrest charges, $50,000 for controlled substance charges and $25,000 for a stolen Mustang Shelby charge, according to the prison report.
An examination of records, Wilkerson wrote in the arrest report, also showed Jacobs was recently released from custody on bail in Cass County for “similar criminal offences,” including evading arrest or detention in a vehicle and possession of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.