VIDEO: 2 go to hospitals after wreck during chase

Wrecker crews work to pull a Chevrolet Malibu off the side of Farm-to-Market Road 344 Sunday evening. (FAiTH HARPER/Staff)

Staff Reports


Two people were taken to Tyler hospitals Sunday after their car crashed into a tree during a police chase.

A Smith County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop a 2005 gold Chevrolet Malibu after its driver repeatedly failed to dim the headlights, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. The deputy wanted to ensure the driver was not driving while intoxicated.

The driver, 42-year-old Joe David Hubbard, fled from the deputy. After a brief pursuit, the car left the roadway and crashed into trees on the north side of Farm-to-Market Road 344, about one mile west of Texas Highway 110.

Hubbard was flown to a Tyler hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.

Passenger Crysta Chambers, of Tyler, also was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The Department of Public Safety is investigating the collision, and as of Sunday evening, Hubbard was not in jail, although he faces numerous criminal charges, including a possible outstanding state warrant for parole violation, according to the release.

Hubbard also is suspected of leaving the scene of a head-on accident earlier last week on Texas Highway 110, south of Whitehouse, according to the release. That incident remains under investigation by DPS.


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