Man threatens to kill Nolan County woman, leads police on‘extensive' high-speed chase
A man is in the Nolan County Jail after police say he threatened to kill his girlfriend and then led them on what Sheriff David Warren called an “extensive” chase.SWEETWATER, Texas -
Daniel Lee Eller, 34, is charged with evading arrest with vehicle.
According to Warren, Eller called his girlfriend around 7 a.m. Tuesday, saying he was going to kill her. A deputy went to the victim’s home on E. Bradford Lane, just east of Sweetwater. Eller was not at the home and there was no sign of him in the area.
Around 9 a.m., another deputy spotter Eller at the rest stop on eastbound I-20 at mile marker 256. He was driving a blue Dodge pickup with a work bed.
Eller refused the directions of deputies. As they tried to evacuate the rest stop, he took off.
Warren said Eller led them on an “what turned out to be an extensive pursuit that extended into and around Trent in Taylor County, back into Nolan County, and at times reached speeds of up to 104 miles per hour.”
Eller went west on I-20 to Roscoe before turning around. He exited just east of Sweetwater and drove by the victim’s house. But he did not slow down or stop there because of a “heavy presence of law enforcement” at the house.
During the chase, Eller made calls to the victim and other people. He made statements like he wouldn’t be taken alive and made references to going out by “suicide by cop.”
Eller got back to the Interstate and headed east again.
“By this time, there were numerous units of the Texas Department of Public Safety involved and assisting in the pursuit,” Warren said.
Troopers deployed spike strips at about mile marker 258.
As his tires were beginning to deflate, Eller hit the gas and tried to run into a bridge support to kill himself. But he could not control the truck and hit a guardrail instead.
Eller was arrested at 10:07 a.m. after a 27-minute standoff.
“Thankfully, nobody was injured in the pursuit or standoff.” Warren said.