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2 suspects led East Texas law enforcement on 4-county high-speed chase

James Brown (Source: Angelina County Jail) James Brown (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Cheryl franco (Source: Angelina County Jail) Cheryl franco (Source: Angelina County Jail)
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

After an Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputy made a traffic stop on US Highway 103 East on Thursday, the driver allegedly took off and led law enforcement on a high-speed chase that passed through Nacogdoches, San Augustine, and Sabine counties.

James Michael Brown, 44, of Keene, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony evading arrest/detention charge, a Class C violate promise to appear charge, a Class C possession of drug paraphernalia charge, and four misdemeanor traffic charges.

Collectively, Brown’s bail amount has been set at $3,500 for the misdemeanor charges.

Cheryl Marie Franco, 44, of Lufkin, is also still being held in the Angelina County Jail on two second-degree felony capias pro fine possession of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams charges, two third-degree felony capias pro fine prohibited substance in a correctional facility charges, a third-degree felony evading arrest/detention charges, a Class C misdemeanor capias pro fine possession of a drug paraphernalia charge, a Class C misdemeanor open container charge, 11 misdemeanor capias pro fine traffic charges, and four new misdemeanor traffic charges.

Collectively, Franco’s bail has been set at $10,043 for 12 of the charges.

According to the ACSO deputy’s narrative, he stopped an older model Infiniti driven by Brown for an equipment violation on Highway 103 East near Loop 287 in Lufkin. The passenger identified herself as Jessica Franco even though the deputy knew her as Cheryl Franco and that she had numerous outstanding warrants from the sheriff’s office.

When an ACSO sergeant who was assisting at the scene tried to get Franco out of the car to arrest her, Brown put the car back into gear and took off at a high rate of speed, the narrative stated. Brown headed east and reached speeds of up to 100 mph.

The high-speed chase passed through Nacogdoches and San Augustine counties before it ended in Sabine County with Brown and Franco being arrested.

According to the narrative, the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the San Augustine County Sheriff’s Office, the Sabine County Sheriff’s Office, and the US Forest Service.

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