A man accused of leading Jasper County deputies on a high speed chase that ended with a head-on crash and the death of an innocent driver is now out of a hospital room and instead he's in a jail cell.

Twenty-three year-old Kade Davis, of Lumberton, was released from St Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont and is now in the Jasper County Jail where he’s charged with Evading Arrest or Detention with a Motor Vehicle. His bond had already been set at $150,000.00 by a Justice of the Peace who conducted an arraignment in the hospital.

Meanwhile, other charges are expected related to the death of Laurie Beth Seehusen, 58, of Vidor.

It happened late in the afternoon on Thursday, July 15th. Jasper County officials say Davis was driving a pickup truck that had been stolen in the Golden Triangle, and he had just robbed a store in Evadale when Deputy Gene Lilly spotted him. Davis fled from Lilly at speeds up to 100 miles-per-hour on Farm to Market Road 105 into Orange County.

Jasper County Chief Deputy Scotty Duncan said that when they were just north of Vidor, Lilly began backing off of the pursuit due to highway conditions and traffic. Meanwhile, Davis turned onto FM-1131 and reportedly tried to pass a motorcycle and that’s when he slammed head-on into Seehusen’s vehicle.

Jasper County District Attorney Anne Pickle said Wednesday that criminal charges related to the death of Seehusen will have to be filed in Orange County, where it’s expected that the District Attorney’s Office will take the case before a Grand Jury and request an indictment. Law enforcement officials say the charge will most likely be Manslaughter. However, Pickle did not speculate on what charges might be brought.


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