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Wrong-way driver arrested in Atascosa County after 100 mph chase involving 20+ law enforcement vehicles

Suspect, passenger threw suspected drugs out of car window during chase, police said

Wrong-way driver arrested in Atascosa County after 100 mph chase involving 20+ law enforcement vehicles
Wrong-way driver arrested in Atascosa County after 100 mph chase involving 20+ law enforcement vehicles

ATASCOSA COUNTY, Texas – A 24-year-old man who is wanted for kidnapping is facing a slew of charges after leading police on a high-speed chase in Atascosa County on Monday.

Pleasanton police officers attempted to pull over Dylan Harley Plemons just after 1 p.m. but he refused to stop and led them on a chase that exceeded speeds of 100 mph, according to a Facebook post from Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward.

Plemons “had a total disregard for the safety of others” and drove at triple-digit speeds in the wrong direction in and around Pleasanton, the post said.

The suspect drove his SUV through Coughran before heading back to Pleasanton with more than 20 law enforcement vehicles in pursuit, Soward said in the post.

The pursuit ended when Plemons drove off the road and into a pasture south of Pleasanton on Humble Camp Road, where the SUV struck a fence and a mesquite tree and caught fire, Soward said. Plemens made a run for it but he was apprehended shortly by officers and arrested.

Soward told KSAT that Plemons and a female passenger were throwing suspected drugs out of the window of the SUV during the pursuit.

The sheriff said Plemons is facing drug-related charges in addition to a charge for evading arrest with a vehicle. Charges are pending while the investigation continues.

Plemons has an active warrant out of Burnet County for aggravated kidnapping with a deadly weapon, according to the Facebook post.

“The seriousness of the driver’s actions can’t be fully comprehended unless you first-hand observe their total reckless, criminal conduct and disregard for the public’s safety,” Soward said. “No one was injured but two law enforcement vehicles were damaged during the pursuit.”

Editor’s Note: The video was provided by Sam Fowler of the Pleasanton Express.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.