Lufkin man gets probation for getting car to mom's before going to jail

Larry Cockrell mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Larry Cockrell mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who fled police to satisfy a self-fulfilling prophecy pleaded guilty to the crime Tuesday, accepting a probation sentence.

Larry Cockrell Jr., 31, pleaded guilty to evading arrest, accepting a one-year probation sentence and agreeing to pay a $500 fine.

Lufkin Police arrested Cockrell in December 2010 after he drove away from police for two miles after officers tried to stop him for speeding.

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.

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.

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