A Wichita County Deputy is recovering from injuries sustained in a crash during a chase in southeast Wichita Falls Monday night.
Antonio Dean Ridley, who authorities say was behind the wheel of the chased vehicle, was charged with evading arrest with grievous bodily harm, possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone and possession of a dangerous drug.
Ridley was being held Tuesday at the Wichita County Law Enforcement Center in lieu of $25,000 bail, according to online prison records.
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Shortly after 6:00 p.m., a vehicle escaped from a Texas Department of Public Safety cruiser in Clay County, according to court documents. A pair of Wichita County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined the chase in Wichita Falls.
An officer stopped the vehicle near US 287 and Fisher Road, but the driver drove off, simultaneously driving into the wrong lanes of the highway. A sheriff’s unit was hit and overturned in the pursuit.
Another officer hit the suspect’s vehicle with his vehicle at 287 Business and Old Windthorst Road. The suspect fled on foot but was arrested near a day care center on the 1200 block of East Scott Avenue.
Deputies found about three kilos of suspicious marijuana and several bottles of promethazine hydrochloride syrup in the suspect vehicle.
The deputy injured in the chase sustained no life-threatening injuries.
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