Lufkin PD: Man who fled Drug Court caught after he ran into window ledge

Lufkin PD: Man who fled Drug Court caught after he ran into window ledge

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who fled a Drug Court session Thursday night quickly found himself back in custody after he rounded a staircase landing and ran face-first into a granite window ledge.

Ulices Zavala, 38, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a second-degree felony judgment for a previous evading arrest and detention with a vehicle charge and a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest charge. His bail amount has been set at $1,500 for the misdemeanor evading charge.

According to the Lufkin Police Department's daily activity report, the incident occurred at the Angelina County Courthouse at about 7:48 p.m. Thursday while Zavala was attending a Drug Court session.

Zavala allegedly tried to run away from the courthouse after 159th Judicial District Judge Paul White told him he was going to be taken into custody because of drug test violations.

"An officer who was in court at the time chased after Zavala," the activity report stated. "Before the officer could catch up to Zavala, he rounded a staircase landing too fast and ran into a granite window ledge."

Zavala was taken to the jail after he was transported to a Lufkin hospital for medical clearance for a gash to his forehead, the activity report stated.
The previous evading arrest with a vehicle charge that the judge issued a ruling on occurred on June 17.

Zavala was driving drunk north on South Timberland at 2:23 p.m. on June 17 when police saw him run over a curb.

Lufkin PD officers proceeded to pull Zavala over, but he refused to stop and drove four to five blocks to his house.

Zavala later stopped his vehicle and got out on foot in his yard. At that point, LPD officers arrested Zavala for evading arrest with a vehicle, and driving while intoxicated.

On Dec. 13, Zavala accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years of probation for the offense, according to Angelina County court records. As part of the plea bargain, he pleaded guilty to a felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge.

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