Midlothian Robbery Suspects End In Car Chase Across Ellis & Navarro County

On Saturday, Midlothian Police Department responded to a robbery in their city. The suspect vehicle, a 1994 Chevrolet Eureka passenger vehicle, was located and failed to stop for the police officers. The Chevy continued into Ennis and due to safety concerns for the public the police officers terminated their attempt to stop the Chevy. At approximately 12:19 p.m. a Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper located the Chevy going south on IH45 approximately two miles north of the Navarro County line in Ellis County.  When the Trooper attempted to stop the Chevy, it again failed to stop. The Chevy continued south on IH45 into Navarro County until it exited and went east on FM1603 to FM1129 then south to SH31. The Chevy then traveled east to Kerens and took FM309 south to U.S.287 then went north toward Corsicana. During this time two occupants were let out of the Chevy and were subsequently arrested on fugitive warrants. The driver continued on and as officers attempted to deploy tire deflation spikes the driver was observed swerving toward the officers and also swerving toward several patrol vehicles causing both officers and patrol vehicles to take evasive maneuvers to avoid being struck. The driver was stopped south of Corsicana on U.S. 287 without further incident and was taken into custody.

The driver 35 year-old, Kahil Smith and passengers 58 year-old, Billy Ingram and 50 year-old, Byron Woods, all from FT. Worth were transported to the Navarro County Jail where Mr. Ingram and Mr. Woods were held on the fugitive warrants and Mr. Smith was charged with evading arrest or detention, a state jail felony, and two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement which are first degree felonies.

The agencies that were involved in the incident were DPS Ellis, DPS Navarro, DPS Marshal, Ellis County S.O., Navarro County S.O., Corsicana PD, and Kerens PD.

There is no other information available at this time.

Kahil Smith, held on $160,000.00 in bonds.

Byron Woods, held on a $1,000.00 bond for Failure to ID and multiple warrants from Tarrant County.


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