On Saturday August 1 at about 11:15 am, Corporal Shane Richards observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation before pulling into the Walmart parking lot and parking.
Corporal Richards approached the driver and was verifying his DL and wanted information when the driver fled on foot.
The vehicle had been reported stolen by the Plano PD and the driver showed to have an outstanding felony warrant for intoxication manslaughter out of Caldwell county.
A civilian witness observed the suspect run south from behind Walmart across Park Row into a wooded field.
A perimeter of the area was set by units of the NCSO, CPD and Navarro College PD and a request for TDCJ tracking dogs was forwarded to the Beto 1 Unit. The NCSO and CPD also launched drones to attempt to locate the suspect.
After several hours of searching, it was determined by the tracking dogs that the suspect had apparently made it to a house in a residential area SW of Walmart.
The suspected residence was searched after receiving consent from the owner and the suspect was not located.
The suspect was probably picked up by car at or near that location.
The NCSO will obtain an additional warrant for evading arrest to add to his other warrants.
We appreciate the work and efforts of our Deputies, CPD, Navarro College PD, Texas Parks and Wildlife (Game Warden) and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Officers and their animals for their assistance.
I would also like to thank our many citizens and landowners who offered assistance during this situation. I appreciate the willingness and effort to help.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner