TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Trinity County authorities have ended the search for a man who allegedly ran away from an arrest Thursday afternoon after a resident saw him walking on a public street Friday morning.
Sheriff Woody Wallace said they quit an active search for Patrick Seth Lee, 25, Thursday night after the storm hit.
"We were out there on horses and the dogs had just come in and I said, 'Look, a storm's about to hit, this guy isn't worth dying for,'" Wallace said. "Just then, the lightning hit in the pasture and I've never seen so many dogs and so many horses scatter."
Wallace said enough people were aware of Lee and calling authorities whenever they saw him.
"Even his friends were calling on him at this point," Wallace said. "So we decided he'd get tired of all the rain and come out."
Wallace said a person called in saying they saw Lee on a back street in Groveton around 7 a.m. Groveton police managed to arrest him without incident.
Authorities began searching for Lee after they tried to arrest him after he beat his girlfriend with a level and choked her. Wallace said he was likely high on meth.
Lee is being booked into the Angelina County Jail on warrants out of Angelina County. He will also be charged by the Trinity County Sheriff's Office on charges of assault-family violence and evading arrest.
Wallace said Lee's girlfriend was also arrested on outstanding warrants.