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Mom Allegedly Helps Inmate Son Escape: High-Speed Chase Ends in Bastrop

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According to Lee County officials, on Tuesday, August 21, a high-speed chase ended in Bastrop.  The chase began in Giddings, at the Lee County District Court. Brandon Viator (46 years of age, from Giddings), was being escorted along with other inmates to court when he removed a leg shackle and made a break for it.

A news release from the Lee County Sheriff’s Office stated that Viator was then witnessed getting into a white Toyota Tacoma pickup, which sped west on U.S. 290. The high-speed chase began in Paige, where the vehicle was spotted by authorities. Viator was driving the vehicle and had time to drop off a female passenger at a Paige convenience store, a woman later identified as his mother, Madge Viator, who was also the owner of the truck.

After reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph, the pursuit ended at approximately 9:30 a.m. when Viator drove over spike strips which the Bastrop Police Department had deployed. Prior to being apprehended by the authorities, dozens of officers surrounded the intersection as Viator exited the truck carrying a rifle and tried to flee on foot. Officials have stated that it is anticipated that Viator will be charged with escape. This is a felony crime carrying a maximum of 10 years in prison. Before this attempt to escape, Viator was being held in Lee County for a probation violation linked to the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon as well as deadly conduct charges. His mother, Madge Viator (66 years of age, and also from Giddings), is being charged with permitting or facilitating an escape. This also carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. No injuries were reported as a result of the high-speed chase.