Chase in Dayton ends with fatal crash Monday

Dayton Police Department is assisting in a fatal accident investigation that began as a pursuit Monday by a Liberty County sheriff's deputy. The driver of the pursued vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed on CR 615 and crossed FM 1960, causing him to lose control of his vehicle on the opposite side of FM 1960 on CR 610. He was ejected and killed when his vehicle rolled multiple times.

By Vanesa Brashier, editor@bluebonnetnews.com

A man reportedly fleeing from law enforcement Monday morning was killed when his vehicle crashed on CR 610 near the intersection of FM 1960 in Dayton. The man, Ryan Tenney, 26, of Dayton, was killed when his car rolled multiple times, ejecting him from the vehicle.

His body was not immediately discovered after the crash. At about 5 a.m., the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office was alerted to a suspicious vehicle stopped in the roadway of CR 615.

According to Capt. Mark Ellington, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, Sheriff’s Deputy Kelby Bean spoke with the driver of the suspicious vehicle, who reportedly gave a false name initially.

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Pieces of a wrecked vehicle are gathered from a pasture on CR 610 in Dayton where a pursuit came to a fatal end for the driver of this vehicle. He allegedly was being pursued by a Liberty County sheriff’s deputy at the time.

“During the traffic stop, the driver took off while the deputy was standing beside his vehicle. Deputy Bean got back in his vehicle and tried to keep up with him but there was a lot of dust in the air from the road, and he couldn’t see the vehicle,” Ellington said.

At FM 1960, Bean turned eastbound on FM 1960 toward Dayton to see if he could find the vehicle, but was unsuccessful. He then traveled south on CR 610 but could not locate the car.

A couple of hours later, passersby notified law enforcement of a wrecked vehicle in a pasture along CR 610, a short distance from FM 1960. The body of the driver was found nearby.

Dayton Police Department is handling the investigation of the motor vehicle crash. It is believed that the driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, according to a statement from Dayton Police Chief Robert Vine.

Mainframe 24-Hour Wrecker Service assisted with the removal of the vehicle.

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