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Spurger man arrested after chase from Tyler County to Spurger

Damien Watts

Deputies in Tyler County chased a driver into Spurger on Thursday as he threw money out of the window, according to Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

Damian Watts, 21, was taken into custody after his vehicle stalled in the mud on County Road 4565.

Weatherford sent over the following information:

On February 1, 2018, at approximately 4:00 pm, Tyler County Deputies were patrolling the Spurger Area. Deputies attempted to stop a passenger car for a traffic violation. The 01 Toyota, spray painted red and black, had no hood, side quarter panels or bumpers. As Deputies activated emergency lights and sirens, the "Shell" of a Toyota, continued down County Road 4565 Toward FM 92 South. The Toyota, driven by a white-male, turned South on to County Road 4566, refusing to stop for Deputies. On County Road 4566, Deputies were joined by Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers and Constables as the pursuit continued. As the Toyota eventually turned North onto FM 92 heading toward Spurger, Officers observed the suspect driver throwing money, in bill form, out of the side window area. The suspect turned East onto 1013 headed toward Jasper County, traveling at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle managed to get around Officers attempting to deploy Tire Deflation Spike Systems, and began traveling East on 1013 towards Spurger. Once in Spurger, the suspect turned South on FM 92 and then East onto County Road 4565. The suspect vehicle continued traveling into a hunting club area where the vehicle eventually became stuck in mud. The driver of the vehicle, identified as Damian Watts age 21 of Spurger, was taken into custody without incident. Watts was booked into the Tyler County Jail, charged with Evading Arrest with a Motor Vehicle and Bribery. Watts made a comment to Officers, "why didn't you take the bribe, the Money I threw out the window was for You". Watts remains in the Tyler County Jail with bonds totaling $30,000.00 set by Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford.
The Sheriffs' Office has received numerous complaints about this vehicle traveling in the Spurger and Fred area over the past week. Thanks to Law Enforcement and the Citizens of Tyler County, this individual and his unregistered/uninsured vehicle are off the Highway.
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