Two people were injured and arrested Wednesday afternoon after a chase involving the Texas Department of Transportation, according to a DPS news release.
At approximately 1:45 p.m., a DPS trooper attempted to stop a 2004 Honda sedan east of Claude on U.S. Highway 287 in Armstrong County. Other troopers and the Armstrong County Sheriff joined in to assist. The driver of the Honda intentionally rammed the vehicle into the Armstrong County Sheriff’s patrol unit and continued to evade DPS.
The driver of the Honda continued west on U.S. 287 into Potter County, onto Interstate 40 and then to U.S. Highway 60. The driver of the Honda was driving erratically when, at approximately 2:21 p.m., he crashed the vehicle into a deep ditch on the highway east of the Potter County jail, DPS said.
The driver, Koty Peckham, 37, of Winnsboro and his passenger — Jessica Green, 32, of Westfield, Ind. — were taken to a local hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, DPS said.
They were not wearing seat belts, according to DPS.
The Armstrong County Sheriff was not injured in the incident, though the vehicle did sustain some damage.
Peckham has a warrant for evading arrest in a vehicle out of Sulpher Springs and Green has a non-extraditable warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia out of Indiana.
A user amount of methamphetamine was located in the vehicle, DPS said.
Once released from the hospital, Peckham and Green will be taken to the Potter County jail. They will both be charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault on a peace officer, DPS said.