LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After he allegedly stole a 30-pack of beer from the Polk Pick-It-Up on North Timberland Drive Monday night, a 45-year-old Huntington man led Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman on a car chase around the Lufkin Loop and onto Water Well Road and fled on foot after he got stuck.
"I was very close to the call when it came in and I ended up intercepting the vehicle up on North Timberland Drive," said Selman.
James Arthur Parrott is still being held in the Angelina County jail on felony charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. His bail has been set at $10,000.
According to Selman, a white male entered the Polk Pick-It-Up located at 1311 North Timberland Drive at about 8:53 p.m. Monday and stole a 30-pack of beer. He fled the scene in a dark-colored Tahoe.
"Lufkin dispatch aired a description of the vehicle, and I was right at the store when the call went out," Selman said. "I proceeded north on Timberland and spotted a Tahoe matching the description."
After Selman activated his emergency lights, the driver of the Tahoe, who was later identified as Parrott, refused to pull over. Parrott exited onto Loop 287 and headed east with Selman in pursuit.
"He was drinking at the time and had opened a container of alcohol in his vehicle while he was fleeing from the police," said Selman. "His drinking probably had some effect on his judgment that caused him to run."
The suspect then turned on to Old Moffett Road, circled under the overpass, and passed Kit McConnico Park. Then, Parrott drove on FM 842 for about six miles before he turned onto Water Well Road, which is a dead-end. Selman said Parrott drove his Tahoe off into the river bottom area and onto an ATV trail that was under water.
"He jumped out of his truck and ran off into the river bottom land there at the end of Water Well Road," said Selman.
When the Tahoe got stuck, Parrott allegedly fled into the woods on foot. Authorities used night vision equipment to catch Parrott a short time later. Selman said Lufkin Police officers assisted in the search for Parrott after he fled into the woods. In addition, he said an Angelina County Sheriff's Office patrol sergeant assisted in the vehicle and foot pursuit.
"The Lufkin Police Department also have theft charges on him stemming from the beer theft at Polk's and because he has several prior convictions for theft that will be enhanced as well," said Selman.