orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

August 1, 2007

OPD chase ends abruptly


By Debby Schamber

The Orange Leader



An Orange man remains in the custody of the Orange County Jail after he led several officers on a chase Tuesday evening through the streets of Orange.

Officers tried to conduct a routine traffic stop about 8:30 p.m. for failing to yield right-of-way for Donald Calvin Cartwright, 53. However, he refused to stop and the chase lasted about 5 minutes before it ended abruptly.

Cartwright went the wrong way down 16th Street trying to find a place to ditch his 1993 Honda. Cartwright was going too fast around a corner and lost control of his vehicle before striking a tree at the corner of 6th and Knox Street, said Capt. Sparky Robinson of the Orange Police Department.

“This was only a medium-speed chase with speeds up to 45 to 50 miles per hour,” Robinson said. “But he just couldn’t control his vehicle around that corner.”

The air bag deployed causing minor injuries and he was transported to Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital-Orange and examined before being taken to jail.

“An inner-city chase is considered high risk since you just don’t know who is driving and what the officer is getting involved with,” Robinson said.

Officers discovered he had warrants for his arrest. One warrant was for a possession of a controlled substance indictment and the other was for fines of $818.

A $10,000 bond has been set for the felony evading charge and another $10,000 for the indictment.

If convicted of the felony evading charge Cartwright faces up to two years in a state jail facility.