“As the white truck turned around to head back toward I-45, the reckless driver sped straight for a civilian vehicle as if to intentionally ram into them. That’s when Trooper Martinez made a fateful decision.”
On Sunday morning in Conroe, Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Martinez was traveling southbound on I-45 when he attempted to pull over a white welding truck. Instead of slowing down, the truck accelerated, exiting the freeway near SH 105, AKA West Davis Street.
Speeding through traffic signals, the fleeing truck turned east on 105 and began racing against oncoming traffic. As the white truck turned around to head back toward I-45, the reckless driver sped straight for a civilian vehicle as if to intentionally ram it. That’s when Trooper Martinez made a fateful decision. He drove his own patrol car between the suspect and the civilian, so that the white truck rammed Trooper Martinez instead, possibly saving the civilian’s life.
Nearby, Pastor Mark Grimes of Caney Creek Cowboy Church, witnessed the vicious assault. As the white truck backed up and fled the scene, Pastor Grimes leaped from his own pickup to help Trooper Martinez as the officer crawel out of the driver-side window of his mangled patrol car.
Meanwhile, the white truck made it back to I-45, and the driver once again headed southbound toward The Woodlands. Two more troopers caught up and gave chase, reaching speeds of over 100 MPH. During flight, the driver struck two other civilian’s vehicles.
Oak Ridge and Shenandoah Police coordinated and set up spike strips along the freeway. Seeing their trap, the driver attempted to exit the freeway over the grass where he lost control and became stuck in the mud. Multiple officers surrounded the truck, guns drawn, and took the suspect into custody.
And that, dear readers, is when our brave men and women in uniform found out what level of scum they were dealing with.
Last Tuesday, May 19, 34 year old convict Casey Rhynes escaped from the William S. Key Correctional Center in Fort Supply, Oklahoma. He had been serving time for multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
Speaking of William S. Key Correctional Center, 38 year old Juventino Rojas and 36 year old Carlos Gastelum were reported missing from the prison at 4:00 AM on Monday, May 25. (Anyone with information about Rojas or Gastelum is asked to call the Woodward County Sheriff’s Office at (580) 256-3264). Yeah.
Back to our story … Rhynes is now where he belongs in Montgomery County Jail without bond. He’s charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for hitting other people’s cars with his truck while he fled, aggravated assault on a public servant for violently ramming the patrol car of Trooper Martinez with his truck on purpose, evading arrest, and with escape while arrested and confined in Oklahoma.
Miraculously, during this whole chaotic incident, there were no injuries. Trooper Martinez was unharmed. There’s no doubt though that he put his life on the line to save others, and for that we sincerely thank him.