A Pottsboro man is facing felony charges after allegedly leading Denison Police on a pursuit that spanned both sides of the Red River Wednesday night.


Denison Police Lt. Mike Eppler said the pursuit began at approximately 11:15 p.m. after the 41-year-old suspect fled a traffic stop at at the intersection of North Tone Avenue and West Sears Street.


“They wound up going through numerous city streets and then got on the State Highway 91, went across the Denison dam over to Colbert, then back into Denison again,” Eppler said. “The suspect was driving very erratically.”


Pursuing officers lost sight of the suspect along Morton Street, but located his abandoned vehicle a short time later in a church parking lot. A K9 unit from the Sherman Police Department was brought in to help look for the suspect on foot and tracked him to the 3100 block of Regency Lane. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and charged with two counts of evading for the vehicle and foot chase.


It was unclear why the suspect ran from police. Eppler said the man had no outstanding warrants, but a previous conviction for evading that enhanced the charges filed against him Wednesday.


“If a police officer is trying to stop you, pull over,” Eppler said. “If you don’t and you try to get away from them, you’re just endangering lives by doing so — yours and everybody else’s on the road.”


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com.