A Texas man was arrested Wednesday evening following a multi-parish high speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle that lead to attempted murder of a peace officer.
Tommy J. Kimball, 33, of Fort Worth, Texas, was observed speeding by Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies Wednesday afternoon. Deputies also discovered the truck he was driving was stolen out of Columbia, Ark. Kimball fled the scene, and deputies were in pursuit, soon joined by officers with the Cotton Valley Police Department.
Kimball entered Bossier Parish on Highway 2 in the northeastern portion of the parish and fled down Highway 160. During the pursuit, Kimball was swerving on the roadway at speeds in excess of 130 miles per hour in front of marked patrol units with emergency lights and sirens activated. At one point, he intentionally rammed a Cotton Valley Police Department marked unit, causing injury to the officer, who was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The officer has since been released from the hospital.
Kimball continued to drive the damaged truck until the front wheel came off and he left the roadway and crashed into a ditch near Highway 160 and Young Road. A Webster Sheriff’s Office deputy made contact with Kimball, who threw a hammer at the deputy, missing the deputy, but striking his patrol unit. Kimball was then taken into custody and placed into the back of a Webster Sheriff’s Office patrol unit, where he kicked out the driver’s side window, causing approximately $200 in damage.
Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene to conduct the investigation. Shortly later, Kimball jumped out of the window of the patrol unit, landing on the highway and causing injuries to his head. Kimball remained combative and uncooperative during the ordeal.
He was then transported to LSU Medical Center Wednesday evening for treatment of his injuries, and Bossier Sheriff’s Office deputies booked him into the Bossier Maximum Security Facility in Plain Dealing Thursday morning on the following charges:
- Attempted first degree murder
- Aggravated flight from an officer
- Aggravated assault
- Hit and run
- Reckless operation
- Illegal possession of stolen things
- Property damage
- Fugitive (2 counts)