Lufkin arson suspect arrested week later for allegedly fleeing deputy

James Durham mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
James Durham mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin man arrested last week on a charge of burning down his mother's house while cooking methamphetamine was arrested again Sunday for allegedly running away from a deputy during a traffic stop.

According to a report filed with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, a deputy pulled over James Edwin Durham, 38, when he did not use a turn signal while turning onto North Timberland Drive from Loop 287.

While the deputy was letting dispatch know about the stop, he said Durham stepped out of the vehicle. Durham sat back in the vehicle after the deputy told him to. The deputy then learned Lufkin Police Department was trying to locate Durham on a suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The deputy said Durham again got out of the vehicle and said, "I haven't done anything wrong."

The deputy told Durham to get back into the vehicle, then the deputy called another deputy to the scene for backup. Durham then got out of the vehicle and began to run through an open field, the report states.

The deputy caught up to James and brought him to the ground. The deputy tried to arrest Durham, but Durham got away again and ran into a wooded area, according to the report.

Officers with the sheriff's office and LPD found Durham shortly later hiding in a garage on Forest Parks Drive.

Durham is charged with evading arrest, a state jail felony.

Durham was arrested last week in connection to an October house fire on FM 1475.

According to Sgt. Allen Hill, investigators were called to the house around 7:40 a.m. on Oct. 28 because first responders suspected a methamphetamine cook may have accidentally started the blaze.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Hill arrived at the house and suspected burns on James Edwin Durham, 38, of Lufkin, were consistent with someone having been burned with a liquid.

While Durham was being treated in the hospital, deputies observed components of a meth lab outside the house, the affidavit states.