A Perry man was arrested Sunday afternoon after leading a Perry Police Department officer on a high-speed car chase across town and then fleeing on foot into timber northeast of Perry.
Anthony R. Booth, 29, of 1819 Sixth St., Perry, was charged with eluding and interference with official acts-bodily injury. He was also arrested on a Dallas County warrant for violation of probation.
The incident began about 3:15 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of First Avenue and Paul Street in Perry, where an officer of the Perry Police Department attempted to initiate a traffic stop of the Chevrolet Lumina that Booth was driving.
Public safety radio traffic indicated that Booth attempted to elude law enforcement by traveling eastward at high speed on Park Street, eventually leaving the city limits and continuing eastward on 130th Street to M Avenue, where he drove into a farm field and fled into the woods along Beaver Creek near L Place and 130th Street.
Booth was taken into custody by the Perry Police Department with assistance from the Dallas County Sheriff’s office.
Booth was arrested at a Perry residence March 30 on a Dallas County warrant for failure to appear on an original charge of driving while barred. He was sentenced April 1 to one year of probation in Dallas County District Court.
The March arrest of Booth occurred during the course of an execution of a search warrant by the Greene County Sheriff’s office in connection with two residential burglaries earlier this month in rural Greene County. The search the Perry residence yielded stolen firearms, drugs and a suspected improvised explosive device (IED), according to local law enforcement.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.