A black 2006 Mazda 5 sits on FM-1988 South near Thomas Supply in Livingston.
Pursuit That Started in San Jacinto County Ends in Livingston, LIVINGSTON, January 10, 2016 - At approximately 2:20 pm on January 10, 2016, Trooper Brooke Lathan with the Texas Highway Patrol, was west-bound on FM-3278 when a black 2006 Mazda 5 (minivan) passed her in the opposite lane of travel at a high rate of speed (speeding). Trooper Lathan turned her vehicle around and attempted to catch up. The driver of the minivan opted to floor it. Lathan (in a police Dodge Charger) caught up with the van and tried to initiate a traffic stop. The van (driven by Everitt McAdams, 32, of Shepherd) refused to stop and turned south on FM-1988 South. Lathan radioed for assistance. Corporal Ramey Bass (also with the Highway Patrol) set up some road spikes in the path of the fleeing vehicle (a short distance from Thomas Supply in Livingston). As the suspect vehicle was approaching the spikes, he stopped and held his hand outside with window. Corporal Bass approached and Everitt stated that he was enroute to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital. He said his passenger was bleeding. Trooper Bass radioed for an ambulance and Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene. In the meantime, and investigation was underway as Troopers Lathan and Bass were joined buy a surplus of other Troopers from San Jacinto and Polk Counties. McAdams' distressed passenger was identified as Julie Allen, 29, of Livingston. The other passenger was identified as Jaci Bell, 19, of Cold Spring. Julie Allen was checked out by EMS personnel and transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital. McAdams and Bell were being detained as the investigation continued. An inventory of the vehicle turned up methamphetamine. All three denied knowledge of the meth. Consequently, all three are being charged with possession of a controlled substance (felony). Additionally, the driver, Everitt McAdams, is facing the charge of felony evasion, and passenger Jaci Bell already had a felony warrant out for her arrest. Bell and McAdams were cuffed and taken to San Jacinto County Jail. The vehicle was recovered by East Texas Towing and will be stored in Shepherd.
It gets worse for McAdams...
When the Troopers initially asked Everitt McAdams who he was, he identified himself with his brother's name. He's also facing the charge of failure to identify fugitive from justice.
Corporal Ramey Bass forced the vehicle to stop when he put spikes across the road (and the driver of the vehicle spotted the spikes).
During a vehicle inventory, Trooper Brooke Lathan found a baggy of methamphetamine.
Trooper Brooke Lathan (right) questions driver Everitt McAdams about the meth that was found in his vehicle.
During the questioning, Lathan was assisted by Trooper Chad Seamans (Seamans at left).
McAdams' passenger, 19 year old Jaci Bell already had a felony warrant for her arrest (Corporal Jacob Chapman with the Polk County Sheriff's Office escorts Bell to a patrol unit to be transported to jail).
The minivan was recovered by East Texas Towing.
(L - R) Heidi, Molly, and Mixi were on duty for PolkCountyToday.com.
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