Lubbock sex offender arrested after 90 minute chase - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/20/09

Lubbock sex offender arrested after 90 minute chase

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office received two calls Sunday night of a man engaging in lewd behavior in his car. Deputies located the man near Buffalo Springs Lake, and that is where the chase began.

Richard Taber, 53, is one of the Lubbock Police Department's registered sex offenders. On Sunday night, that's who witnesses called 911 about, saying he was performing an inappropriate act on himself in his car at Fantasy Theater on the Slaton Highway.

When sheriff's deputies couldn't locate him there, they got another call stating he was near Buffalo Springs Lake 3 miles away. Deputies tried to approach him. "He fled the deputies mainly to the north and to the east, ultimately went up to Idalou and back east towards Ralls and Crosbyton and finally rested in Dickens County," said Major Don Carter with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department.   

For nearly 90 minutes and across three counties Taber fled authorities, and it was not a high speed chase. "He wasn't really speeding, if you will. You couldn't even write him a speeding ticket. Speeds were not in excessive of 65 miles per hour, he was just failing to comply with the officer trying to stop him," said Carter.  

Carter says spikes were used twice in an attempt to disable Taber's vehicle, and the second time was a success. Carter says Taber then tried to flee on foot, but was unsuccessful and told authorities he didn't understand why they chased him. "It is a little unclear of what his mental state was at the time, so what he thinks may be totally rational as to what a normal person may think," said Carter

Taber is currently in the Dickens County Correctional Facility. He faces two charges of indecent exposure as well as evading arrest. Carter says that Crosby County is also planning on pursuing charges for aggravated assault on a peace officer, because Taber hit an officer's vehicle with his own.

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