Fleeing Criminal Rams Trooper Vehicle Head On, LIVINGSTON, July 29, 2021 - At 5 pm on July 28, 2021, a call went out over the radio regarding a stolen vehicle that just occurred at the Futurwise gas station/convenience store located off US-146 and FM-1988 East. Corporal Ramey Bass, with the Texas Highway Patrol had just gotten off duty and was in the area. Corporal Bass heard the call and spotted the stolen vehicle (gray 2005 Nissan Titan) at Providence Road and 1988. The driver of the stolen vehicle, Rodney Dennis Flesher, Jr., 44, of Converse, spotted Bass and drove past him. Bass turned on his lights to stop Flesher, but Flesher chose to evade. The chase proceed east down Providence. At the end of Providence, Flesher turned right onto 146, Bass followed, then Flesher spun around the opposite direction (now traveling north towards Livingston). Bass was coming at Flesher in an effort to block him. Flesher intentionally drove right at Bass and slammed Bass head on, then continued on 146 toward Livingston. The pursuit continued into Livingston and Flesher turned right onto US-190 East and continued as far as Soda before turning around again and heading back toward Livingston. Throughout the duration of the chase, Flesher was driving in and out of oncoming traffic at high rates of speed. The chase continued back into Livingston and onto Business 59 North. Flesher made a left, went under the overpass at the north end of Livingston (next to the Junior High) and entered the curve too fast. Flesher's vehicle slid out of control and rolled backwards into the grass. Bass followed into the grass and pulled his unit up to Flesher's driver's side door while simultaneously blocking Flesher's vehicle (see pictures). Flesher jumped out of the other door and ran behind the Texas Slam building where Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office caught, cuffed, and detained Flesher.
Flesher will be facing a list of charges and is in heaps of trouble. Among likely many other charges, he's facing the charge of assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon (his vehicle when he intentionally rammed Bass head on), and charged for stealing the Nissan Titan.
ORIGINAL STORY, VIDEO, AND PICTURES BELOW
Deputy Kayla Hemperly gets information from the suspect who rammed a Trooper car headon.
Fleeing Criminal Rams Trooper Car Head On, LIVINGSTON, July 28, 2021 - At approximately 5 pm on July 28, 2021, a police pursuit started in the vicinity of US-146. Corporal Ramey Bass, with the Texas Highway Patrol was pursuing a gray Nissan Titan. The pursuit proceeded down Providence Road. The suspect had a good lead on Corporal Bass when he spun his vehicle around and came directly at Bass and struck Bass head on. Amazingly, both vehicles were still drivable. The chase made its way back to 146 and continued north towards Livingston with multiple other law enforcement agencies joining in the pursuit. The suspect continued to North Livingston and drove under the US-59 under pass next to the Junior High School where he entered the curve too fast and momentarily lost control. The suspect nearly regained control of his vehicle, but Bass had pulled his unit up to the suspect vehicle and forced him off the road into the grass. Pursuit halted. The suspect was immediately taken into custody, cuffed and loaded into a Sheriff's Office patrol unit and transported to Polk County Jail. At time of press, there's much information yet to be ascertained in this story. PolkCountyToday.com will post an update with all the details (including the suspect's name, age and town) as soon as we're able to ascertain the information.
State Troopers, Polk County Deputies, Livingston Police and a Texas Ranger converged on the scene of where the pursuit ended in South North Livignston.
The suspect was driving this Nissa Titan and rammed a Trooper vehicle head on.
Corporal Ramey Bass' vehicle was somewhat saved by his heavy duty bumper.
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