Man arrested for evading police

Published 12:40 pm Saturday, August 17, 2019

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader


Two Orange police officers had to chase a person while responding to a report of an assault at 3:12 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the 1600 block of Cherry Ave. in Orange.

One officer attempted to catch up to the suspect’s’ car when he informed the other officer that the driver was attempting to get away from him, according to a police report.

The second officer located the vehicle driving through a parking lot at the 900 block of 16th Street as the car turned onto West Cherry. 

The driver refused to stop and disregarded a stop sign at the corner of Cherry and 16th Street. The car then turned onto 16th Street and then reentered the parking lot.

The driver disregarded a second stop sign and began to travel at a high rate of speed. 

The car, a white Volkswagen Jetta, was stopped at the 2400 block of 16th Street due to heavy traffic.

At first the man, identified as Earl Kenneth Ellis, 50, of Orange, at first ignored officers ignored the commands of the police officers as he sat in the driver’s seat with his hands up.

Ellis was given medical clearance by a Port Arthur hospital before being transported to the Orange County Jail.

Ellis refused to give a statement and a booking photo was not obtained due to him being uncooperative.

He is charged with evading detention with a vehicle.