Area man leads Johnson authorities on zany chase
By BEN TINSLEY
JOHNSON COUNTY – A 37-year-old Cleburne man who led area authorities on a high-speed car chase Thursday (Feb. 16) was taken into custody after he executed a “hard hairpin turn," wrecked into some trees around FM 2280 and Slayton Road – and left authorities scratching their heads as to why. "We're missing a few details," Johnson County Sheriff Adam King said Thursday.
Bobby Glenn Wimbish, II, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of Evading Arrest in a Vehicle. He was also wanted on an outstanding warrant from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles. Wimbish remained in custody Friday evening in the Johnson County Corrections Center in lieu of nearly $11,000 bond, jail records show. The incident began around 9:19 a.m. Thursday when a caller notified Cleburne PD about a “possible disturbance” in a vehicle in the 2200 block of North Main Street. The caller told authorities a woman and a man in the vehicle “possibly needed help,” according to a Cleburne PD news release. The make and model of the vehicle were not specified in the report and the nature of the “help needed” was also unclear. When Wimbish and his vehicle were located by police, he inexplicably fled at a high rate of speed, heading from the city into Johnson County – eventually stopping near the community of Egan, north of Keene, King said. Around the time the vehicle reached FM 2280 and Slayton Road, the chase abruptly ended. “The driver tried to make this hard hairpin turn, did it too fast, and went up in the trees,” King said, noting the case was still on, however. Leaving the female behind, the suspect fled the wreck on foot. He was quickly tracked down in the woods by the game warden's K-9, according to the police report. Police found the unidentified female passenger in the abandoned vehicle with minor injuries. She was transported by ambulance to an area hospital. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.
The chase involved the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, a Texas game warden and K9, the Johnson County Constable’s Office, and Keene and Burleson Police.