Drug suspect leads Brown County law enforcement on chase before crashing into trailer

Jesse Michael Coppic

Nearly a dozen law enforcement vehicles were involved in a high-speed chase around Brown County that ended after the drug suspect that was being pursued crashed into a trailer home.

Jesse Michael Coppic, 25, of Brownwood, was arrested Wednesday and charged with money laundering, evading arrest and unauthorized use of a vehicle, according to the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

Ten law enforcement vehicles from Brown County were involved in a vehicular pursuit that lasted for approximately 35 minutes.

A probable cause report shows two Brown County narcotics investigators tried stopping Coppic's vehicle Wednesday after they received a tip that he was in possession “of a large amount of methamphetamine.”

Coppic refused to yield his vehicle once authorities turned on their emergency lights and instead began driving into Brownwood city limits, according to the report.

Due to Coppic’s reckless driving during wet and icy road conditions, Sheriff Vance Hill told his deputies to discontinue the pursuit.

However, the Early Police Department soon joined the pursuit of Coppic, which at one point had Coppic driving through a person's yard, according to the report.

A Department of Public Safety trooper then deployed spike strips, which one of Coppic's tires ended up driving over.

According to the Brown County Sheriff's Office, Coppic lost control of the pickup he was driving in Zephyr and crashed into someone's trailer.

The actual owner of the pickup later arrived on scene and told authorities that she did not give Coppic permission to use her vehicle.

Coppic is being held in jail without bond for violating his parole on a previous evading arrest conviction in Eastland County, according to Brown County Jail records.

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