DPS identifies driver from chase that ended in Baylor County

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 25 at 8:49 a.m.

Texas DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing has released the identity of the semi-rig driver involved in a chase that ended in a standoff in Baylor County.

Officials identified Kelly Joe Cearley, 45, of Springtown as the suspect.

Cearley was charged with evading arrest, aggravated assault of a public servant and terroristic threat.

He is booked into Archer County Jail and has no bond at this time.


BAYLOR COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL)— A semi-rig driver is in custody Friday evening after a lengthy high-speed chase that included spike strips that led to a stand-off with law enforcement in Baylor County.

Reporter Zach Verdea has been on scene of the standoff all day and he joins us live from Highway 114 in between Olney and Seymour.

The chase reportedly started in Jack County Friday morning when the semi-rig hauling a flatbed trailer reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

A standoff in Baylor County ended around 3:45 p.m.

The over four long stand-off ended on Highway 114 in between Olney and Seymour.

It all began before 10 a.m. Friday morning, as the semi-truck in question led police on a three-county chase, going right through Olney, and the chase finally came to a stop, but it didn’t end so quickly, a stand-off began.

Sgt. Dan Buesing said the driver claimed to have a bomb, prompting the Abilene bomb squad to be brought in.

Police, sheriffs, DPS, game wardens, they had just about every type of law enforcement at the scene with unconfirmed reports of shots fired.

It was not until about 3:50 p.m. when they finally detained the driver of the truck.

“It did take a little bit for negotiators to continue to talk and then they finally had some assistance from the Abilene bomb squad and some other swat members and special response team members and they were able to successfully get the driver out of the vehicle everything is okay, everybody is alright but around 3:15 they were able to get the driver out the vehicle safely he is under arrest at this time and will be facing charges from this point from multiple counties,” Buesing said

Now we still don’t know the identity of the driver or the motive of what exactly happened to set all of this off, but the truck is registered to Robert Cearly Trucking out of Springtown.

Continue to stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to learn more information.


UPDATE: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:10 p.m.

The driver has been arrested after an hours-long standoff in Baylor County according to DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing.

There are no further details at this time.

Continue to stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to learn more information.


UPDATE: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 2:44 p.m.

According to our crew on-scene, a bomb squad from Abilene is now on scene of the standoff.

The suspect told authorities he had a bomb.


UPDATE: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

After a high-speed chase through multiple counties Friday morning, authorities are currently attempting to speak with the driver, who has yet to leave the vehicle.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the situation is a standoff just southeast of Seymour on Highway 114 in Baylor County.

DPS is reporting the suspect is still in the truck, and DPS and Texas Rangers negotiators have been trying to talk to the suspect for a few hours.

Our crew is working to gather more information from the scene.

Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as this story continues to develop.


YOUNG CO. (KFDX/KJTL) — Law enforcement agencies in multiple counties were finally able to bring a semi rig to a halt after a lengthy chase that spanned multiple counties and involved spike strips and unconfirmed reports of shots fired.

The semi rig hauling a flatbed trailer reached speeds of over 100 miles per hour.

Eventually the chase slowed to about 40 miles per hour after the hood came up and a possible encounter with spike strips.

The chase reportedly started in Jack County this morning and was finally stopped on Highway 114 between Olney and Seymour in Baylor County.

Video above shows the semi rig driving through Olney in Young County. (Video sent from Katie C.)

No details have been released on why the driver was refusing to stop, or if there are any injuries.

We have a crew on scene and will update you as information becomes available.

This is a developing story. Stick with Texoma’s Homepage as we work to gather more information.

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