Pursuit and Capture of Two Theft Suspects
LIBERTY, June 11, 2014 - On Tuesday, June 10th, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) had a vehicle pursuit which resulted in the suspect’s truck losing control in a rollover crash. A foot pursuit then resulted, with two suspects eventually being taken into custody.
At approximately 3:30 p.m on June 10th, LCSO dispatched a report of a citizen following a truck with two males inside, and a stolen air conditioning unit in the bed of the truck. The truck turned from SH 61 and headed west on CR 117. Deputy James Hobson was at CR 117 and FM 770 taking follow-up information for a report. Deputy Hobson staged there and waited for the truck, an older model red Ford without a tailgate. When the truck approached, Hobson initiated a “felony stop” procedure. The truck failed to stop and continued on, turning south on FM 770. Hobson then radioed he was in pursuit. Hobson was assisted in the pursuit by Deputies J.R. McQueen and R. Arellano.
The truck continued on FM 770, then south on FM 563. At CR 133 S, the truck turned west and went about a mile before losing control in a curve and rolling over twice. When the truck came to rest, the driver climbed from the vehicle and ran into a wooded area with Hobson and McQueen pursuing on foot. The foot pursuit went from the woods into a marsh. The suspect was apprehended when he became stuck in the mud. That same marsh terrain also made it difficult for the deputies to bring the suspect back out, but they were eventually successful in navigating out of the swamp and back to the crash scene. It was there they saw Deputy Arellano had the second suspect already in custody.
Both suspects were transported to the Liberty County Jail without further incident. The driver of the truck was Coy Dennis Hart, 32, of Liberty. He was booked in for the offense of Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle, a 3rd Degree Felony, and Evading Arrest or Detention, a Class A Misdemeanor. Justice of the Peace Pct 1 Stephen Hebert set bond on the offenses at $100,000 and $5,000 respectively. The truck passenger was Steven Allen Hoyt, 29, of Liberty. He was booked in for the offense of Evading Arrest or Detention with a Vehicle. His bond was also set by Judge Hebert at $100,000.
The further investigation into the theft of the air conditioner unit and other possible criminal activities by the two suspects is being headed by LCSO Sgt. Kenny Dagle.
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