Law enforcement surround a travel trailer at Buster's RV Park on May 26, 2013.
Young Louisiana Driver Attempts to Evade a Traffic Stop, Slapped With Felony Evasion, LIVINGSTON, May 26, 2013 - Shortly after 10 am on May 26, 2013, Trooper Allen Stanton with the Texas Highway Patrol was east-bound on US-190 West near FM-3126 when he observed an east-bound motor scooter. Trooper Stanton noticed that the motor scooter had a folded license plate making the license plate unreadable. Stanton attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver decided to evade. Stanton gave chase. The motor scooter sped up to over a 100 miles per hour. The motor scooter was fast and left Stanton far behind. Stanton got up to 130 miles per hour, and the motor scooter still easily left him. Trooper Stanton estimates that the driver of the motor scooter got up to around 170 miles per hour. The chase continued east on 190 with the motor scooter a good distance ahead of Stanton. Stanton saw the motor scooter turn into a crossover, over the west-bound lanes of traffic and into the parking lot of Buster McNutty's. Stanton continued following and from a distance observed the motor scooter turn in to Buster McNutty's RV park. He continued and pulled into the RV park and came upon a young man outside his travel trailer. Believing that he had his man, Stanton asked him why he ran, the kid, Jacob Anthony Harris, 22, of Villa Platte, Louisiana, stated that he was told that law-enforcement wouldn't chase motor scooters. Stanton told him that that's not how it works in Texas. Harris pointed out his motor scooter which he tried to conceal under the trailer. Stanton, now joined by Sergeant Rob Thomas and a surplus of Deputies and Onalaska PD placed Harris under arrest for felony evasion. Stanton originally was going to write Harris a warning ticket for his folded over license plate, but since Harris chose to evade, he's now facing a felony. Harris' motor scooter was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Trooper Allen Stanton found Jacob Harris' Suzuki RGSX under his travel trailer. Harris apparently thought he could get far enough ahead of Stanton to hide it and go inside and get away (but he was wrong).
Maybe in Louisiana.... but in Texas, evading isn't going to fly with the Texas Highway Patrol. Trooper Stanton questions Jacob Harris prior to being transported to Polk County Jail.