By CLINT FOSTER
The Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office used its new “stop sticks” for the first time in a pursuit last weekend that resulted in an arrest.
According to Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer, PPSO Deputy Beau Boles got a call on Saturday around 10:15 p.m. to assist a Texas Game Warden who was in pursuit of a male subject in a Ford pickup on Pleasant Valley Road, headed toward U.S. Highway 180 from Oaks Crossing.
After discussing the situation with the warden, Boles decided to place stop sticks on Pleasant Valley Road, ahead of the subject.
Stop sticks, which can take various forms, are strips that police or other officials can lay across a road to deflate another vehicle’s tires. In their first PPSO use Saturday, the stop sticks worked exactly as intended.
Mercer said the subject, later identified as Gary Mast, 46, ran over the stop sticks, which blew out three of his tires. Boles picked up the stop sticks and joined the pursuit in his patrol car.
According to the report narrative, Mast drove on his one remaining good tire to his home on Wynn Mountain Road, where he got out of his car and took off running toward his house. Boles and the warden continued to chase Mast on foot, ordering him to stop, and the warden got to the front door just in time to prevent Mast from closing himself in the house. From there, the two officers were able to enter the house and take Mast into custody.
Boles took Mast to Palo Pinto County Jail where he blew a .154 in a breath test. He stands accused of driving while intoxicated, evading arrest with a vehicle and unlawfully carrying a weapon.