Lufkin man accused of driving new car off lot

Garland Chatmon mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Garland Chatmon mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin man was arrested Friday morning after police say he drove a new car off a dealership parking lot.

According to the police report, Garland Ray Chatmon, 58, at 10:55 a.m. took advantage of a running car and drove it away from Mercer Nissan Mazda, located at 306 North Timberland Drive. Employees of the business yelled at him but could not stop him.

The witnessing employees provided Lufkin Police with a description of the suspect and the vehicle, and stated that the vehicle was last seen traveling westbound on Paul Avenue from North Timberland Drive.

About 20 minutes later, an officer located the vehicle stopped behind HEB grocery store, located in the 100 block of North Timberland Drive, with the vehicle not occupied but its engine still running.  The report states police found Chatmon hiding behind a nearby dumpster and when told that he was being arrested for stealing the vehicle he stated that he was only test-driving it.

Employees identified Chatmon as the man who stole the car, according to the report.

Chatmon was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.

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