ABILENE, Texas - After being pulled over for a traffic stop Friday evening in east Abilene, a Cisco man is now facing felony charges for leading Abilene police and other authorities on a chase that lasted an hour and spanned about 40 miles on Interstate 20.
Abilene police tell us 34-year-old Ryan Bolyard was pulled over for an expired registration. But he gave a fake name. When the officer attempted to arrest him, Bolyard shifted his Jeep Liberty into drive and fled the scene, knocking the officer to the ground in the process.
The officer recovered and began pursuit, and Bolyard reached speeds of 60 mph while driving from Judge Ely Boulevard down E. South 11th Street to Butternut Street and then to Highway 80. The Texas Department of Public Safety was alerted of the chase, which had drawn about four APD units at that point, and Bolyard merged onto Interstate 20.
DPS troopers laid down spike strips around I-20 mile marker 324 near Cisco, and Bolyard was finally stopped and arrested, according to APD. He was booked into the Taylor County Jail Friday evening.
Bolyard was in possession of marijuana, according to APD.
Bolyard is charged with third-degree felony assault of a public servant, third-degree felony evading arrest, possession of marijuana, and failure to ID. He's being held on bonds totaling $102,000.
APD said the officer who was knocked down was in good condition Saturday.
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