Suspect in Weekend Chase Has Long List of Priors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/2/09

Suspect in Weekend Chase Has Long List of Priors

As the Texas Rangers continue their investigation, we are learning new details about a law enforcement involved shooting over the weekend.

It started as a police chase in the city of Lubbock and ended in Hockley County late Saturday night sending the suspect 33-year-old Lonnie Eugene Poole to the hospital with at least one gunshot wound.

This was not Poole's run-in with the law; he has a list of nearly two dozen priors in Lubbock County alone, and charges related to this weekend's chase could soon be added.  

The entire incident started just after 9 p.m. Saturday night as Lubbock Police attempted to stop Poole for driving recklessly. Police say the chase began when Poole tried to ram the officer's vehicle with his pickup truck around 50th and Avenue U.

The chase continued outside of Lubbock on FM 179. DPS Troopers picked up the case there around 9:30 p.m. That's when Poole lost control of his truck and got stuck in a ditch at 114th Street and Upland.

When the trooper approached to arrest Poole, he threw his truck into reverse and tried to hit the trooper and his patrol unit. The trooper then fired several shots into the driver side door. Poole was hit, but fled the scene toward Hockley County.

Sheriff Deputies from Hockley County then used the pit maneuver to stop the truck just after 10 p.m. on TX Highway 114 just West of Smyer. Poole was taken to University Medical Center and since has been released.

So far no charges have been filed, but they are expected. Here's a look at Poole's prior charges:

  • Aggravated assault of a public servant
  • Two counts of assault with a deadly weapon
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Burglary of a habitation
  • Organized crime
  • Three counts of disorderly conduct
  • Resisting arrest
  • Three counts of criminal mischief
  • DWI
  • Two counts of public intoxication
  • Failure to identify
  • Parole violation

Poole was arrested for the parole violation on December 5th, but was released from police custody about two weeks ago.

The Texas Rangers are conducting an investigation. We will continue to follow this story and bring you any new details.

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