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Early Police Department Releases Information on High-Speed Chase

The Early Police Department has released more details on the high-speed chase that ended in a crash and damage to a 100-year-old home.
On Monday November 11th at approximately 8:22pm Corporal Brandon McMillian with the Early Police Department attempted to stop a maroon 2 door thunderbird in the 900 block of Early Blvd for a traffic violation and for suspicion of DWI. After following the vehicle a few blocks the vehicle began to accelerate to speeds of 70 mile per hour in the 300 block of Early Blvd. The vehicle then turned north on Hwy 183 toward Rising Star. The vehicle traveled at speeds of 100 miles per hour while Corporal McMillian pursued the vehicle. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety assisted in the pursuit in an attempt to stop the vehicle.

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office laid spike strips near Highway 183 and FM 2273. The suspect vehicle struck the spike strip which deflated the front tires of the vehicle after a short distance. The vehicle continued on at speeds of 90-95 miles per hour. Eastland County Law Enforcement was notified of the pursuit approaching their County.

At approximately 8:40, the vehicle entered into Rising Star City limits while driving on bare front wheel rims. The suspect vehicle then stuck an unoccupied 4 door pickup parked in a driveway in the 400 block of North Main Street in Rising Star. The Thunderbird then went under the pickup, carrying it into the side of the house. Officers quickly secured the suspect driver, and then checked for injuries in the residence. No one inside the house was hurt, and they were then removed from the house for safety.

Rising Star Fire Department and Eastland County EMS then had to use the jaws of life to extricate the driver from the vehicle. The driver had a strong odor of alcohol on him and several open containers of alcohol were located inside the vehicle. The driver was identified as 30-year-old Joshua Anthony Silvers of Santa Anna California. Silvers was transported to the Eastland Hospital. Corporal McMillian obtained a search warrant for blood from Eastland Justice of the Peace White. Silvers was later air-lifted to Hendrick Hospital in Abilene with a cervical fracture. When interviewed, Slivers stated that he thought he had a warrant from California for domestic violence. There is an outstanding warrant, however, it does not extradite out of the state of California. Silvers also had an Alcohol ignition locking device. Warrants will be sought for Felony DWI and Felony evading arrest.

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