Sheriff's Office: Lufkin man had 3 unrestrained kids in car during slow-speed chase

Sheriff's Office: Lufkin man had 3 unrestrained kids in car during slow-speed chase

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 36-year-old man on three child endangerment charges and one evading charge after he led them on a slow-speed chase where he never got above 35 mph Thursday night.

Shun Lacree Butler, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County on a third-degree felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge, three state-jail abandon or endanger a child charges, and four misdemeanor traffic charges. His bail amount has been set at $2,269 for the misdemeanor charges.

Capt. Alton Lenderman with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office said described the incident as a "slow roll pursuit" and said the incident occurred around 9 p.m. Thursday.

Butler was driving a gray Oldsmobile when he made several traffic violations, Lenderman said. The ACSO captain also said that the deputy noticed that Butler had an unrestrained child in the front seat, and tried to pull Butler over.

However, Butler allegedly kept going. Lenderman said the speeds in the chase never got above about 35 mph. Eventually, Butler stopped in the 1800 block of Kurth Drive.

When the deputy made contact with Butler, he or she learned that the man had three small children in the vehicle, and none of them with were restrained with seat belts or child safety seats. The deputy also learned that Butler had been driving with an invalid license.

Butler was arrested and taken to the county jail.

According to the Jail Records Search section of the Angelina County website, Butler has had numerous run-ins with the law. Butler's arrest record dates back to April of 1997, and he has been arrested for manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, obstruction or retaliation, assault causing bodily injury to a family member, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, public intoxication, resisting arrest, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, and bail jumping.

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