LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email
LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Police say a Lufkin man satisfied a self-fulfilling prophecy by driving away from officers to get his mother's vehicle to her before he went to jail, for the offense of driving away from officers.
According to the report, an officer clocked Larry Cockrell Jr., 30, driving a 1999 Dodge Durango 50 miles per hour in a 35-miles-per-hour zone on Atkinson Drive near Everitt Street Saturday around 3 p.m. At the intersection of Atkinson Drive and North Timberland Drive, the officer activated his emergency lights and siren to notify Cockrell to bring his vehicle to a stop. But the report states Cockrell continued to drive at 35 miles per hour for almost two miles before stopping his vehicle in the 600 block of Newom Avenue.
Once stopped, the officer took Cockrell into custody. Cockrell explained to the officer that he fled from them in order to deliver his mother's vehicle to her before he went into jail.
Police spokesman J.B. Smith said had Cockrell just stopped when he was instructed to, he would have received a speeding ticket. Instead, he was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a charge of evading arrest, just as he reportedly told police he was trying to delay from happening by not stopping for the ticket.