An Erath County man was arrested Sunday after going on what Sheriff Tommy Bryant called a "crime rampage" that lasted for several hours Sunday morning.
The incident began when dispatch received a call from a woman on CR 209 about 2:30 a.m. reporting that an intoxicated man, identified as Trey Austin Phillips, 18, was at her residence.
The woman told deputies that Phillips showed up at her home unannounced and was verbally abusive. Before calling authorities, the woman called two friends who tried to convince Phillips to leave.
After a verbal argument ensued, Phillips got back inside his pickup, but instead of leaving, he allegedly turned and struck one of the men at the scene.
"One of the witnesses said Phillips was traveling at about 45 miles per hour when he struck the male," Bryant said. "The man rolled up on the hood of the vehicle, but was not seriously injured."
The man then ran to his pickup and grabbed a pistol and fired four shots - three at Phillips and one at the ground - as Phillips rammed his vehicle into the victim's pickup.
Witnesses told deputies that Phillips then did "donuts" in the front yard before crashing into a metal pole. The vehicle caught fire and Phillips fled the scene, Bryant said.
Five deputies searched the area for Phillips on foot and by vehicle for hours while Phillips allegedly went on a crime spree across the area stealing a pickup, tractor, van and four-wheeler, and burglarizing several other vehicles along the way, Bryant said.
Hours after the incident began, a deputy spotted Phillips getting out of a stolen van at an area residence.
"He picked up a stick and was beating on the front door," Bryant said. "When the deputy yelled at him to stop, he turned and charged at (the deputy) with the stick."
The deputy called for backup and Phillips fled again, eventually ditching the van for a four-wheeler.
"He was able to allude deputies by driving without lights and going off-road," Bryant said.
Eventually, deputies were able to trace the four-wheeler tracks to Phillips' father's house on US Highway 67, where they found the suspect fast asleep on the couch.
"When the deputy arrived, they noticed the front door was open and a man wearing jeans, boots and no shirt was asleep on the couch," Bryant said.
When Phillips was questioned, Bryant said the keys to the stolen vehicles were found inside his pockets. Authorities later recovered all the stolen items and returned them to their owners.
Phillips has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and remains in the Erath County Jail held on a $30,000 bond.
"More charges against Phillips will be filed soon," Bryant said.