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Deja vu all over again

Second high-speed cycle chase in 4 months for cop


David Lee Woodruff of Monahans was charged with evading arrest and an out-of-county warrant David Lee Woodruff of Monahans was charged with evading arrest and an out-of-county warrant Milam County certainly isn’t like the big city jurisdictions you see on Cops, or those other highspeed action reality shows that populate television nowadays.

But don’t try to tell that to Ofc. Carlos Paniagua of the Buckholts Police Department.

On Saturday he was involved in his second high-speed chase of a motorcycle in the past four months.

This one ended after an hour and a half when 29-year- old David Lee Woodruff of Monahans was arrested in a rural area northwest of Buckholts.

That came after pursuit by several law enforcement officers, and a DPS helicopter, with speeds clocked at more than 90 miles per hour.

On April 12, Paniagua was the first officer involved in a pursuit across three counties that reached speeds of 140 miles per hour and ended near Gatesville.

PURSUIT—Paniagua said he tried to pull over a cyclist for a minor traffic violation in Buckholts but the operator sped north down US 190/Texas 36 reaching speeds over 90 miles per hour.

He said the cyclist turned off the highway onto County Road 311 which dead ends, turned around and went back towards 190-36.

He said the motorcycle swerved to miss a vehicle after which the operator laid the bike down and fled on foot. The motorcycle caught fire and was extinguished by volunteer firefighters.

The suspect was located in a structure in a wooded area after an extensive search. He was charged with evading arrest/ detention with a vehicle and on an out- of-county motion to revoke probation on an original charge of disorderly conduct/ terroristic threat.

Woodruff remains in the county jail in lieu of $21,500 bond.

APRIL CHASE— On the afternoon of April 12, Paniagua was involved in what is believed to be the fastest vehicle chase in Milam County history.

Paniagua clocked a cyclist going 79 miles per hour in a 60-MPH zone and gave chase. The biker went to Rogers, in Bell County, turned around and headed back into Milam County with Paniagua and deputy sheriffs in pursuit.

Upon reaching Cameron, the cyclist roared through city streets, went back west on FM 845 and re-entered 190-36 at the Cameron VFW Hall.

Speeds reached 125 miles per hour as the bike went back through northern Milam County, again into Bell County.

Milam officials yielded to Bell County officers at the county line.

The pursuit eventually went through the city of Temple and all the way through Bell County into Coryell County, reaching speeds of 140 miles per hour.

It ended near Gatesville when the cycle slid and crashed and the biker was taken into custody.

Edward Lee Waltz, 22, of Jarrell was charged with evading arrest or detention with a motorcycle and was jailed on $75,000 bond.

No injuries were reported in either chase.


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