High-speed chase ends with arrest of felon in possession of handgun

A 29-year-old man, Kevin Wayne Nobles, is facing charges of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle and Evading Arrest or Detention With a Vehicle after his arrest around 4:45 p.m. Monday by members of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Interdiction Unit.

The Sheriff’s Office was tipped off that Nobles was believed to be driving a stolen white Chevrolet pickup truck. Deputies with the Interdiction Unit located the vehicle as it was parked in front of a residence on Idaho Street in Daisetta. A check of the license plate reportedly did not match the vehicle as it was a different make, model and year. The vehicle was determined to be stolen out of Harris County.

Nobles, Kevin Wayne

Deputies also received information that Nobles was carrying a .380 semi-automatic handgun while being a convicted felon. They observed Nobles exit the residence and get in the stolen vehicle. A traffic stop was initiated and Nobles reportedly fled from the deputies.

According to Sheriff Bobby Rader, the pursuit went north on FM 770 toward Hardin County and then he turned around and headed south on FM 770. Speeds reached approximately 110 mph. Another Interdiction Unit was ahead of the pursuit and “stop sticks” were deployed at the intersection of FM 160 and FM 770. The “stop sticks” successfully punctured the front passenger tire on the fleeing vehicle.

Despite the tire puncture, Nobles reportedly continued to evade the deputies. Eventually the right tire separated from the rim causing the vehicle to slow down. The pursuit continued across US 90 onto CR 119C.

At that point in the chase, deputies were able to take Nobles into custody for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Third Degree Felony) and Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle (Third Degree Felony). A search of the vehicle was made and the handgun was found. Since Nobles is a convicted felon, he is also charged with Unlawful Possession of a firearm by a Felon (Third Degree Felony). He was transported to the Liberty County Jail without incident.

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