Sherman police arrested a Sherman High School football coach Thursday night after he allegedly led police on a chase that ended with him running over a stop sign and crashing.

Sherman police arrested a Sherman High School football coach Thursday night after he allegedly led police on a chase that ended with him running over a stop sign and crashing.


At approximately 11:38 p.m. Wednesday, an officer saw a car traveling south in the 900 block of North U.S. Highway 75, according to a written release from Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton. The car was swerving and swiped two guardrails, and the officer believed the driver was intoxicated, the release said.


The car continued driving along the west control road of 75. The officer initiated a traffic stop, and the driver stopped in the 1400 block of South Sam Rayburn Freeway. When an officer attempted to make contact with the driver, the driver drove off, says the release. This initiated a pursuit.


An officer was able to get in front of the pursuit and successfully deploy spike strips just north of FM 1417. The pursuit continued eastbound on FM 1417 and momentarily stopped before continuing onto Highway 11. The car turned north on Highway 11 and completely lost its right front tire. When the car reached the intersection of Highway 11 and Ida Road, the driver attempted to turn east but lost control, ran over a stop sign and and crashed in a wooded field.


There were no injuries in the incident. The only damage was to the suspect’s car and to the stop sign at the scene of the crash.


The officers identified the driver as Billy Vernon "Trey" Neal III, 26, and arrested him on charges of driving while intoxicated and evading arrest. Neal is a teacher, assistant football coach and an assistant basketball coach at Sherman High School. Neal was booked in at the Grayson County Jail and released at 11:35 a.m. Friday.


Police are waiting on test results of a blood-alcohol test, Hampton said Friday.


In an email on Saturday, Sherman ISD Superintendent Al Hambrick said he did not have a comment regarding Neal’s arrest. Attempts to reach Neal for comment Saturday were unsuccessful.