High Speed Chase Ends in Olnaska, ONALASKA, December 14, 2012 - Shortly after 4 am, an auto theft task force from Jasper County notified the Polk County Sheriff's Office of a high speed chase that was headed into Polk County via US-190 East (west-bound). Corporal Terry White and Deputy Byron Dunaway were in the area where the chase was heading. They joined in around the area of Indian Springs. The driver of the white pickup refused to stop despite police lights and sirens. The chase continued through the City of Livingston and on to 190 West. More spikes were laid out, but the driver once again drove around the spikes. As the chase entered the Kickapoo Bridge, spikes were once again laid out (this time across the bridge). The driver had no place to turn on the bridge and ran over the spikes. The spikes worked, the driver turned onto Kickapoo Forest Road as pursuing deputies continued to chase. The driver, Jeremy Davenport, 29, of Humble, jumped out of the truck and the truck crashed into the fence of a storage lot at Quality Marine in Onalaska damaging several boats. Deputy Dustin Lowery chased Davenport on foot into a back yard and used his taser gun on the suspect. Chase over. Davenport was taken into custody.
The chase originated in Jasper County when the auto theft task force attempted to pull over the suspicious older model truck that was pulling a trailer with 2 brand new ATVs on the back and no trailer lights. At times the chase reached over 90 miles per hour. As it turns out, the truck, trailer, and the ATVs were stolen from Jasper Power Sports.
Jeremy Davenport was charged with: Burglary, felony theft, evasion in a motor vehicle, reckless damage to property (at Quality Marine), and damage to property to the City of Onalaska Water Department (all felonies).
A word from Sheriff Hammack: Right now is a time of the year when 4 wheelers, tractors, and ATVs are experiencing a high rate of theft. Lock up your stuff, record serial numbers, and take pictures.