A suspect in a domestic disturbance was taken into custody at gunpoint shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday at Willis Avenue and Eight Street in Perry after the vehicle in which he was fleeing law enforcement left the roadway.
The circumstances leading up to the brief chase on the slippery streets are unclear at this hour, but radio traffic indicated a man in a passenger van left the scene of a domestic disturbance after a caller reported the disturbance to law enforcement shortly before 8 p.m.
The caller said the man was armed with a knife and might be contemplating self-harm.
A patrolling Dallas County Deputy Sheriff encountered the passenger van traveling westbound in the 2800 block of Willis Avenue and followed it for a short distance.
After the van “jumped the curb,” according to radio traffic, the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver of the van sped away, reaching speeds of 55 mph in the 2300 block of Willis Avenue.
The fugitive attempted to turn southward on Eighth Street from Willis Avenue, and the van left the roadway and came to rest on the southwest corner of the intersection.
The fleeing man was taken into custody at gunpoint by the Dallas County Deputy Sheriff without further incident.
The Dallas County EMS was paged and directed to stage nearby when it was found the man was “covered with blood.”
The law enforcement offices apparently determined the man’s wounds were superficial and not life threatening, and he was immediately transported to the Dallas County Hospital in a Perry Police Department patrol vehicle prior to the arrival of the ambulance.
The suspect’s identity and condition are unknown at this hour, and the case in under investigation.
ThePerryNews.com will update this story as information becomes available.