It was a chase that had a little bit of everything.
High speeds, near misses with other cars and a state trooper, spike strips, a crash and two foot chases.
It all began Friday night in Big Lake when a Reagan County deputy ran the plate on a stolen vehicle on 2nd Street.
The blue Dodge Durango turned north on State Highway 137 before pulling into the Stripes truck fueling station.
Chief Deputy Destin Wilha and Patrol Captain Troy Goodloe approached the vehicle, weapons drawn, and told the driver, later identified as Joshua Purdey of Oklahoma, to exit the vehicle with his hands up.
Purdey had other ideas.
Wilha said the Durango spun its tires as it exited the fueling station and turned eastbound on 2nd Street (US 67).
“He hit 90 mph in town,” Wilha said. “Once out of town he maxed out the Durango at 105 mph.”
Purdey, who is 30, led the pair of Reagan County lawmen on a high speed chase into Irion County.
Along the way Purdey threw items out of the window of the Durango. None of those items were recovered.
He also swerved at a DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Trooper who was working a traffic stop on US 67.
Wilha said the Durango and State Trooper vehicle nearly clipped mirrors as Purdey went past.
Purdey also swerved multiple times into oncoming traffic.
Wilha said he and Goodloe reached out to Irion County deputies as well as DPS for help in the pursuit.
“The chase started at 10:30 p.m.,” Wilha said. “By the time we were past Barnhart the troopers were well behind us trying to catch up.”
Irion County deputies were able to deploy spike strips near the Mertzon Gas Plant.
The strips were successful puncturing both the passenger side tires of the Durango.
Wilha said the spike strips were of the slow puncturing type which slowly deflate the tire and shed its rubber.
Purdey, with two tires on rims, continued at 105 mph toward Mertzon.
As he entered town, Purdey lost control of the Durango, clipped the curb where US 67 divides briefly, and was launched into a tree in the median.
The mangled Durango ended up in the westbound lane of US 67.
The chase wasn’t over though.
Deputies took position near the wrecked vehicle, weapons drawn again, and called for Purdey to put his hands up.
Purdey had other plans. After a 42-mile chase he climbed out of the passenger door of the vehicle and fled on foot.
An Irion County deputy was able to block Purdey with his vehicle, and as Purdey made it around the patrol unit a Reagan County deputy was able to tackle him to the ground and make the arrest.
In the end Wilha, Goodloe and Reagan County Deputy Jaron Young were on scene as the arrest was made.
Purdey was treated for his injuries from the wreck at the scene and Reagan County turned him over to Tom Green County at a San Angelo Hospital for an outstanding Tom Green County warrant for Felon in possession of a Firearm.
Sheriff Jeff Garner said he is proud of the way the Reagan County officers handled themselves in the incident, and is thankful no one else was hurt or killed by Purdey’s erratic, high-speed driving.
Purdey, again, wasn’t done.
At the Tom Green County Jail, Purdey was able to exit a Tom Green County patrol vehicle before fleeing again on foot outside the jail.
He was detained, handcuffs and neckbrace and all.
Reagan County charged Purdey with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle - State Jail Felony; Evading Arrest w/Vehicle - Felony 3 and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon - Felony 3.
He was also charged with Escaping while Arrested and the warrant charge for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
He was booked into the Tom Green County Jail on an $85,000.00 bond.