Man arrested for attacking Gregg Co. Sheriff Deputy and setting fire inside patrol car

Man arrested for attacking Gregg Co. Sheriff Deputy and setting fire inside patrol car

LONGVIEW (KYTX)- Gregg County sheriff's deputies arrested a Longview man this morning for attacking a sheriff's deputy and setting a fire in the back of a patrol car while intoxicated on synthetic marijuana and whiskey.

23-year-old Chase Hayden Dupree is in the Gregg Co. Jail on charges of assaulting a public servant, resisting arrest and search and public intoxication.

According to an arrest affidavit, Dupree was arrested in the 7500 block of North US Highway 259 in Longview after he was found walking in a public roadway.

The officer smelled alcohol on the suspect, who had slurred speech and was not making sense. Dupree got physical with a deputy, who was placing him in the back of a patrol unit. Then, Dupree began to bang his head on the car's Plexiglas, he also kicked a deputy in the shoulder while biting and scratching another deputy, according to court records.

He was later subdued, but during transport to jail, Dupree started a small fire in the back of the patrol car. The deputy needed assistance from a second county patrolman and Longview police to get Dupree out of the car and remove all contraband hidden in his clothes. He continued to fight and kick officers on his way to jail, according to records.

During booking, deputies say Dupree admitted ingesting whiskey and two K-2 joints earlier in the night and morning. Investigators have added an arson charge for Dupree, after a warrant was signed Friday by 188th District Judge David Brabham. The charge is related to a disturbance at North Point R.V. Park. Neighbors say Dupree set fire to multiple homes. Dupree is in the Gregg County Jail on $36,000 bond. He is charged with arson, resisting arrest, public intoxication, and two counts of assaulting a public servant. 



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