Chase ends in arrest near high school


By Mike Eddleman
Managing Editor
A Pflugerville man fled from Liberty Hill Police Officers attempting to make a stop on SH 29 just after noon Monday, leading to a brief pursuit, a crash and short lockout at Liberty Hill High School.
Liberty Hill Police Officers received a call of a rolling domestic disturbance on SH 29. When the vehicle – a silver Ford Taurus – was located the victim was no longer in the car, but the suspect, Joshua Showels, 28, of Pflugerville, refused to stop.
Officers pursued Showels from the intersection of SH 29 and CR 200 west, where he drove into the parking lot of Liberty Hill High School. Showels drove along the eastern fence line of the school property before driving through a fence and crashing his vehicle into a retention pond.
According to Police Chief Maverick Campbell, Showels then fled on foot into a wooded area behind the retention pond.
A perimeter was established around the area by officers from Liberty Hill, Liberty Hill ISD and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and then a law enforcement drone and K9 unit were used to track down Showels in the woods where he was apprehended just after 1 p.m. Campbell confirmed Showels was not armed and no one was injured. Williamson County EMS and ESD #4 also assisted in the incident.
As a precaution, Liberty Hill high School was placed on lockout status at 12:29 p.m. and the lockout was lifted at 1:16 p.m.