top of page

Updated at 2:45 pm. Jasper County SO chased motorcycle through Kirbyville Wednesday night-arrest made

Updated information

A whirlwind motorcycle chase throughout Kirbyville last night that began on Hwy 252, ended with two arrested.

Jasper County Media Deputy Karli Cherry said, "A Jasper County Deputy was dispatched for assistance, and located the motorcycle traveling southbound on FM 252. Our deputy pursued the motorcycle until it came to a stop in a private driveway. 22-year-old Hallie Tarver of Kirbyville fled from our deputy on foot and was apprehended. Tarver had an active warrant for Bail Jumping/FTA (3rd Degree Felony) out of Jasper County.  

She was also charged with Evading Arrest/Detention (Class A Misdemeanor). She remains in the Jasper County Jail.


The driver of the motorcycle, 26-year-old James Butler of Kirbyville is also in the Jasper County Jail on DPS charges of Evading Arrest/Detention w/ Vehicle (3rd Degree Felony) and Display Fictitious License Plate (Class B Misdemeanor).

The chase ended at or near 3641 Co Rd 474, in Kirbyville.

The following information is from DPS Media Seargent Shana Clark:

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers arrested a Kirbyville man following a vehicle pursuit on Wednesday, March 6, 2024. 


The preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 9:14 p.m., a Trooper activated their emergency lights and sirens and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Honda motorcycle for a traffic violation on U.S. Highway 190, near Farm-to-Market Road 252. It is reported that the motorcycle began to actively flee from law enforcement and travel south on F.M. 252 at a high rate of speed and traveled into the oncoming lane, putting other motorists at risk. Troopers terminated the pursuit due to safety concerns.


Soon after, the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office Deputies observed the motorcycle and pursued it to a residence off of County Road 474, where both the driver and passenger fled on foot but were apprehended a short time later. 


The suspect, identified as 26-year-old James Butler of Kirbyville, was placed under arrest for evading in a motor vehicle, a felony offense. 


This is an ongoing investigation, and no further information is available. 

Below: Tarver and Butler are currently being held in the Jasper County Jail


bottom of page