LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An early morning police chase in Lufkin ended with the arrest of a Lufkin man who did not give up easily, according to police.
According to the report, Jimmy Colquitt, 27, broke the window of a 2011 Chevy Silverado at Peltier Chevrolet, located at 1710 South First St., in order to steal the vehicle. An officer saw the truck stopped in a parking lot at the intersection of East Denman Avenue and Homer Street and when the officer drove his closer to it, Colquitt fled the parking lot.
Colquitt sped along Homer Street to the intersection of East Jodie Avenue and then Colquitt climbed through the driver's side window and fled on foot, according to the report. He apparently did not put the truck in park as it rolled to a stop when it struck the curb.
Officers chased Colquitt and caught him on East Jodie Avenue near the Salvation Army Thrift Store, the report stated. When he was transported to the Angelina County Jail, he again tried to flee, but police caught him before he got far, according to the report. And as he was being booked into the jail, police say Colquitt threatened to retaliate against the officers for his arrest.
Police collected evidence from the vehicle and returned the vehicle back to Peltier Chevrolet.
Colquitt has several felony convictions dating back to 2000 for charges including burglary, forgery and unauthorized use. He was out on bond for an Aug. 3 robbery charge.
Det. J.B. Smith said the key was in the truck, but police do not know how it got there.
"The vehicles typically do not have the keys with them, so how he came into possession of this key is unknown, but the vehicles aren't stored with their keys and modern cars are more and more sophisticated," Smith said. "You're not able to just go pick the lock anymore, or bypass the ignition. It requires that coded key in most instances, so it's less of a common occurrence."