Nacogdoches Police officers arrested a 37-year-old Chireno man Monday in connection to a June 5 incident in which he allegedly jumped out of a car while it was still moving and in gear, fled to a heavily wooded area, and escaped arrest. In the process, he left a 9-year-old child in the vehicle.
Michael Taundre Davis is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on two state-jail felony charges - evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction and endangering a child. Collectively, his bail has been set at $22,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, two Nacogdoches Police officers attempted to make a traffic stop on a blue sedan for failing to stop at a designated point in the 400 block of East Seale St. The sedan kept going for a few seconds after one of the officers hit the lights on his patrol vehicle.
Then the suspect, who was later identified as Davis, bailed out of the vehicle while it was still moving and in gear and ran from the officers. The car kept moving and only came to a stop when it struck a curb, according to the affidavit.
Davis then allegedly ran into a heavily wooded area and managed to escape from the area before police could catch him.
According to the affidavit, Davis left a female passenger in the front seat of the car and a 9-year-old boy in the back seat. The woman identified the suspect as Davis and said that he ran because he didn't have a driver's license. The NPD officers also found mail from the Texas Department of Public Safety that was addressed to Davis in the glove compartment.