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Man arrested after scary chase through trick-or-treating streets in Trinity

Keith Wilkerson mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Constable Woody Wallace. Keith Wilkerson mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Constable Woody Wallace.
Sheila Hopkins mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Constable Woody Wallace. Sheila Hopkins mug shot courtesy of Trinity County Constable Woody Wallace.
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

Trinity County authorities arrested an Alabama man following what the constable says was a "very scary" evasion through a street crowded with trick-or-treaters.

Constable Woody Wallace said one of his deputies saw a man, later identified as Keith Wilkerson, 32, driving erratically on FM 356 before dark Monday night.

"He tried to get behind him, but he was going way too fast," Wallace said. "He couldn't keep up with him."

Wallace said Trinity Police tried to block Wilkerson from getting into the city limits, but he managed to get on Elizabeth Street, which was flooded with trick-or-treaters.

"It was very scary," Wallace said. "We had our own family members there trick-or-treating. Parents were having to pull their children out of the way."

Wallace said Wilkerson was driving about 40 miles per hour on a road with a speed limit of 15, even though authorities had backed off the chase for safety reasons.

"He was focused on getting to a certain house and wasn't going to stop until he did," Wallace said.

Wilkerson did reach the house, one which belongs to his ex-wife. But when he got there, he ran away from the vehicle, Wallace said.

Wallace said about eight different law enforcement officers from his office and Trinity Police searched for Wilkerson. They received a tip around 10 p.m. that he was in the area of a house on a different street and searched the house, but could not find him.

"We saw one guy sitting on the porch and thought he was just there for the trick-or-treating," Wallace said. "So we went and talked to him and he said he didn't know anything."

That was when a deputy shined a light on the roof of the house and saw Wilkerson hiding.

"An officer drew his gun and talked him off the roof and we arrested him," Wallace said.

Wilkerson is known to area law enforcement for previous arrests. In fact, he had a warrant for his arrest for evading arrest and was on parole for evading arrest, Wallace said.

Deputy constables also arrested his girlfriend, Sheila Hopkins, 50, of Trinity, who was in the vehicle with Wilkerson, on a charge of hindering apprehension.

"She tried to deny she knew him and just said he had picked her up for a ride," Wallace said. "Then her phone lit up and it had his picture with a goofy smile. So we knew she knew him."

Wallace said several witnesses who claimed to not know Wilkerson were detained and questioned because they claimed to know not him.

"We're investigating hindering charges on all of them and we're also looking into multiple child endangerment charges against Wilkerson," Wallace said. "Any of those parents that came up to us and said he almost hit them may be a charge each."

Wilkerson is being held on a $100,000 bail.

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