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By Lauren Callahan

Smith County, Texas - (KLTV)  Smith County constable Mark Waters was patrolling I-20 when he noticed Michael Scott Cook's truck missing a front license plate, and made what he thought was a routine traffic stop.

Cook's address is on Third Avenue, in Moultrie Georgia.

 "He became agitated about the law in the state of Texas of having to have a license plate, tried to take his paperwork back away from me. I informed him he would be placed under arrest. He informed me that he was not going to stick around," said Deputy Waters.

 Cook then took off, despite waters running to the front of the vehicle in an attempt to stop him. Waters called for backup, and troopers scrambled to I-20 to help bring Cook in.

 "During the time he was throwing out a lot of articles," said Trooper Jean Dark. "Large bags of trash, a fire extinguisher, cans of coke. He was waving gestures at us out the window." 

near Kilgore, cook allegedly tried to hit a DPS trooper's car that was parked on the shoulder He was able to maneuver the vehicle out of the way to keep from being hit. 

"At one point in time, two 18 wheelers actually blocked the interstate and created what's called a rolling roadblock trying to help us. And this individual was so enraged and drove recklessly around the two 18 wheelers in a curve on the shoulder," said Dark. 

Troopers stopped the chase near the Eastman road exit in Longview. "A trooper was able to disable the truck tractor semi trailer by deflating the tires with his M-4 rifle." 

Cook is in the Gregg County Jail on $50,000 bond. He's charged with two felonies and could face more charges.

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