02/20/2017

Vehicle Pursuit

Sheriff Lance Bonds states that on February 19, 2017, deputies with the Stone County Sheriff's Department was contacted by the Cleburne County Sheriff's Department in regard to a car chase that was coming towards Stone County on Hwy. 5. Cleburne County stated that their deputy had attempted to stop a black Toyota Rav4 for a traffic violation, but the vehicle refused to stop.

According to a Cleburne County Deputy, while in pursuit of the vehicle, the vehicle would go into the opposite lane frequently and was also hitting on the brakes which was almost making him rear-end the suspect vehicle.

When the chase entered Stone County on Hwy. 5 South, Stone County deputies joined the pursuit and took lead. The pursuit continued on Hwy. 5 South, where at one point, the driver of the Toyota, later identified as Kristen Dannette Walls, drove into the south bound lane and attempted to hit responding deputy, Eric Payne head on.  Deputy Payne took evasive action and narrowly avoided the collision.

Once the pursuit entered the city limits of Mountain View, Chief B.J. Day and MVPD officers took lead on the chase. Spike strips were deployed at the city limits on Hwy. 5, which disabled two of Walls' tires.  Walls turned west on Hwy. 14 and continued into Mountain View in a reckless manner.  Another set of spike strips were deployed  by the MVPD inside the city, at which point the other two tires on Walls' vehicle were disabled however, the suspect vehicle did not stop.

After reaching the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Hwy. 5 (Red Light), Walls turned right and drove into the KFC/Taco Bell parking lot in an attempt to elude officers. At this time the Stone County Sheriff's Department and the Mountain View Police Department were both pursuing Walls.

Actions were taken to disable the suspect vehicle, which resulted in Walls "RAMMING" several patrol units in an attempt to avoid capture. After "RAMMING and DISABLING" several police vehicles and destroying property belonging to KFC/Taco Bell, Walls drove over a retaining wall and drove back onto Hwy. 5, traveling north. 

Deputy Justin Meeks and Deputy Sean Hickman stayed in pursuit until the suspect  vehicle turned onto Country Charm and stopped at a residence there.  Walls immediately exited the vehicle and fled on foot until she was subdued by Deputy Hickman, several yards from the vehicle.  During this time, it was discovered that a ten (10) year old child was also in the suspect vehicle during the chase.  Deputy Meeks secured the child and confirmed the child was not injured, prior to turning the child over to a family member.

Walls was transported to the Stone County Detention Center where she awaits a probable cause hearing on several felony charges, including Multiple counts of Aggravated Assault, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Felony Fleeing and several traffic violations.

Sheriff Bonds commends the Mountain View Police Department and his Stone County Deputies for putting an end to this serious situation.  Sheriff Bonds has assigned the case his Criminal Investigation Division, with Investigator Blake Cruz leading.

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