Fugitive leads APD in car, foot chase after being seen during traffic collision

The suspect, John Maxwell, then fled the scene by both car and foot, avoided a TASER, and eventually succombed to arrest.

A traffic collision led cops to recognize a suspect with an outstanding warrant. The suspect then fled the scene by both car and foot, avoided a TASER, and eventually succumbed to arrest.

On Monday at about 11:55 p.m., Amarillo police officers were at the scene of a hit and run traffic collision that resulted in downed power lines in the area of the 4500 block of Hardin.

Officers had flares out on the roadway and were directing traffic when a dark gay 2009 Lexus approached the accident scene and nearly drove across the lines of flares.

Officers recognized the vehicle and the driver as a suspect that had an outstanding felony warrant.

This suspect had driven away from officers when they tried to stop him on more than one occasion earlier this week.

When the officer walked toward the vehicle, the suspect/driver turned around and sped away northbound, driving into the dead end 4400 block of S. Lamar., crossing 45th and then hitting a stop sign at Lamar and Hardin.

The fugitive and the vehicle continued across Hardin and drove over the curb into an unpaved lot.

The evening's rain had turned the lot into mud, and the vehicle became stuck.

The suspect, John Andree Maxwell, 46, of Amarillo got out of the car and ran south and west toward the shopping center south of 45th and S. Georgia.

Officers attempted to use a TASER to take him into custody, but the TASER didn't strike the man.

He did, however, stop running and was taken into custody without injury or additional resistance.

He was booked into the Randall County Jail on felony theft warrant out of Dallas County, along with charges of evading arrest or detention and evading arrest or detention using a motor vehicle.