Special to the Messenger
CROCKETT – Crockett Police Department (CPD) reported on Tuesday, Jan. 17 CPD was notified of a vehicle pursuit coming into Houston County from Madison County on State Highway 21 West. Officers with the Crockett Police Department set up at the Crockett city limits to assist in the pursuit and attempt to deploy “stop sticks”.
A short time later, Madison County advised Houston County Dispatch their officers had lost sight of the vehicle. Within just a few minutes, CPD officers observed the suspect vehicle traveling into Crockett at a high rate of speed. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle at which time the driver fled.
A vehicle pursuit ensued and the suspect traveled around Loop 304 and as the driver approached the intersection of East Houston Ave., the driver turned right and headed into town. Officers attempted to get the vehicle to stop at the intersection of East Houston Ave. and Seventh Street and prevent the driver from crossing through the square at which time the driver went through a private parking lot and continued fleeing.
The driver continued on the outskirts of the square until reaching West Goliad Ave. As the pursuit continued the suspect was pursued west on Goliad and out State Highway 7 West. Officers from multiple agencies pursued the suspect into Leon County and was able to get the vehicle stopped on Interstate 45 approximately four miles north of Centerville.
Once stopped, the driver, 22-year-old Eleuterio Rodriguez Flores Jr. from Dallas was taken into custody without any further incident. It was confirmed the truck Flores was driving was stolen out of Dallas.
Flores was transported back to Houston County Jail where he was booked on the following charges: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (State Jail Felony), Evading Arrest or Detention (State Jail Felony), and Unlawfully Carrying a Firearm (Misdemeanor A).
Crockett Police Department, Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Houston County Fire Marshalls Office, Texas DPS and Leon County Sheriff’s Office were all involved in the pursuit of this suspect.
Greg Ritchie can be reached at [email protected]