Officer Trent Burfine was on patrol near a busy Lufkin bank when he saw a man and woman fighting near a broken down Dodge.
He pulled over to check it out and noticed something strange in the back of their van - a suspicious spool of copper wire.
The man suspected of stealing it took off behind Huntington State Bank.
"The woman's not accused of any crime, so we took her home," said Burfine. "While we were investigating the crime, the car catches on fire."
While firefighters put out the blaze, the accused copper thief remained on the loose...leading police on a manhunt around South First Street in Lufkin.
"Right now, we're going to charge him with evading arrest on a warrant, then we'll follow up the investigation on stolen property, then go from there."
What started with a domestic dispute near a stalled car, ended with the discovery of possibly stolen property, a car fire, and a manhunt. Quite a chain of events, all set in motion by an officer who simply wanted to help a stranded motorist.
Police describe the man wanted for questioning as a white man wearing a gray shirt and gray shorts. He's covered in prison or "homemade" tattoos.