NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County man is back in custody after he somehow managed to get the door of a Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office patrol unit open despite being handcuffed and fled into a wooded area Tuesday.
Kyle Wayne Harris, 31, of Timpson, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on two third-degree felony charges - forgery of a financial instrument and escape while arrested or confined. No bail amount has been set at this time.
According to a press release, the sheriff's office obtained a forgery warrant for Harris on Tuesday afternoon. NCSO deputies found Harris near his residence, which is just located just inside Shelby County.
Although Harris tried to run from the deputies in his vehicle, they were able to box him in before he could get out onto the highway. At that point, Harris was handcuffed and put into an NCSO patrol unit.
The press release stated that the deputies started searching Harris' vehicle and speaking with a family member who had arrived on the scene.
"During this time, Harris was able to somehow open the door on the patrol unit and escape from custody while deputies were a short distance away from the patrol unit," the press release stated.
Although a search of the area was conducted, authorities weren't able to locate Harris Tuesday. However, he came out of the woods on Wednesday morning and turned himself in to Stanley Burgay, the Precinct 5 constable for Shelby County.
Harris was then taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail.
The press release stated that Harris is also a suspect in several burglaries that occurred last weekend in the northern part of Nacogdoches County. Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said more charges could be pending against Harris. One of the possible charges is possession of a controlled substance for the methamphetamine that was found in Harris' vehicle, Bridges said.