Liberty PD Pursues Vehicle to Moss Bluff

LIBERTY, March 2, 2013 – Around midnight on Friday, according to Officer Frank Longoria while patrolling the streets of Liberty a vehicle he was attempting to stop fled south from US 90 on FM 563.

The pursuit that reached speeds of 90 mph began when Officer Longoria observed a maroon and black Nissan pickup turn off of US 90 with one of its’ headlights out and attempted to affect a traffic stop. Office Chance Maddox of the Liberty Police Department joined the pursuit to assist his fellow Officer.

The vehicle fled to CR 133S by Hylton’s Grocery some ten miles south of Liberty and turned on CR 1336, a short dead end County Road in Lake Granada and crashed into the mud.

The driver fled from the crash sight on CR 1336 on foot and soon a DPS Helicopter arrived on the scene to begin a search of the area.

The driver and only occupant of the Nissan truck was described as a white male, between that ages of 30 and 40 years wearing a denim jacket and ball cap.

Persons who had knowledge of the vehicle knew the owner of the vehicle and told Police that he lived near by on CR 1335.

According to Officer Longoria while pursuing the vehicle between CR 145 and CR 149 south on FM 563 he heard two sounds that he thought were gunshots.

According to Officer Longoria witnesses stated the owner of the Nissan truck was William Jennings Bryant who claimed he had loaned the vehicle to a friend.

However, during the early investigation into this incident when checking the vehicle by VIN number, rather than license plate number, the vehicle had been entered as stolen out of Dayton, TX early in December of last year according to Officer Longoria. it is speculated that this was a possible motive for fleeing from police.

With the identity of the driver the search for the suspect was called off and the investigation into the incident will pursue normal channels for his apprehension. 

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