Wreck on US 287 S Leads to Foot Pursuit, Apprehension

Three Taken to Area Hospital

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

 HOUSTON COUNTY – At approximately noon on Wednesday, July 12, first responders were dispatched to the scene of a one-vehicle wreck two miles south of Grapeland on U.S. Hwy. 287S.

While rounding a curve on the highway, it appeared as if the driver of a late model Lincoln was traveling southbound when the vehicle ran off the road, flipped and came to a rest in the grass on the east side of the roadway.

EMS crews were on the scene within minutes and transported three of the vehicle’s occupants to an area hospital. A fourth occupant of the vehicle, however, allegedly grabbed a backpack from inside the vehicle and fled on foot.

As law enforcement officials were searching for the fourth occupant of the vehicle, a wrecker from Bailey’s Wrecker Service arrived at the location of the wreck.  

The Lincoln was turned over on to its wheels and when the vehicle settled, a second backpack fell out of the rear passenger compartment.

DPS Trooper Steven Prater was investigating the scene and opened the back pack. When he did he found what appeared to be a green leafy substance in a clear baggie along with a second baggie containing a white substance.

While law enforcement officials examined the car, a dispatch was received indicating the car was stolen.

At roughly the same time, word was also received the fourth occupant of the vehicle had been apprehended, approximately one mile south of the wreck location.

It was learned from law enforcement officials at the scene, the occupant of the vehicle who fled had warrants for his arrest, but the charges on the warrants were not specified.

The status of the three occupants transported to medical facilities for treatment, along with their names, and the name of the individual who fled the scene are not known at this time.

For more details of this incident, please check back online or see the Sunday, July 16 edition of The Messenger.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].

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