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Man jailed in Callahan County after chase, stolen truck crashes into DPS unit

Henry Childers

CALLAHAN COUNTY, Texas - A 56-year-old man is in Callahan County Jail after police say he fled in a stolen vehicle, backed into a state trooper's patrol unit, and then proceeded until a trooper shot out three of the vehicle's tires.

Henry David Childers is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant, evading arrest/detention in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Kenneth "Bryan" Witt said Thursday.

Witt said a DPS trooper assisted Clyde police and the Callahan County Sheriff's Office in capturing the evasive Childers after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, Childers was traveling west on County Road 254 in a stolen white Dodge truck when it "came to an abrupt stop and then backed into the troopers patrol unit, disabling it."

The trooper then shot out three tires on the stolen truck, but Childers continued in the truck, turning south onto FM 603.

"The vehicle drove another mile and came to a stop in the middle of the road," Witt said in an email. "The driver (Childers) got out of the pickup and began walking toward the officers refusing commands to stop. Officers deployed Tasers that were ineffective. The officers then forcibly took the subject to the ground and handcuffed him."

Childers remained in Callahan County Jail on Thursday morning on bonds totaling $18,500.

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