Nacogdoches County SO using drone to search for suspect in Douglass area

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has announced that is conducting one more search for the man who fled from NCSO deputies in the Douglass area Monday night after a pursuit that started in Cherokee County.

This search will be done via a drone flying in the Douglass area.

"We are currently conducting one more search for the suspect by flying a drone in the area," Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a post on the NCSO Facebook page. "Due to the time that has transpired, we believe that the suspect has possibly made it out of the area."

Bridges said that if the suspect is not located, the efforts by the sheriff's office will be called off.

"The suspect has been identified, and warrants will be issued for his arrest out of Cherokee County," Bridges said in the post. "We will continue to have extra patrols of the area if the suspect is not located."

According to Alto Police Department, which originally stopped the suspect's car for speeding, the suspect has been identified as Royce Braselton. The driver of the car, however, was arrested and has been identified as Pamela Nutt.

In a Facebook post from late Monday night, Bridges said that the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office had called off the foot search for the suspect.

"The suspect has not been found at this time, but authorities have been able to identify the suspect," a post on the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office website. "We do not believe the suspect is a danger to the community, be we encourage everyone to be cautious. I have deputies remaining in the area throughout the night that will continue to patrol and look for the suspect using thermal imaging. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please report it to dispatch at (936) 559-2607."

Alto PD had originally tried stopping the car in Alto for driving 75 mph in a 45 mph area. The vehicle led officers on a chase that ended with Braselton running away on foot near the Douglass Cemetery.

In an earlier post on the NCSO Facebook page, Bridges said that they were searching for a man who fled from his deputies.

"Cherokee County had a pursuit that came into our county," the Facebook post stated. "The driver fled on foot just outside of Douglass on Highway 225 North."

According to a previous Facebook post, the suspect fled through a cemetery and into a wooded area.

"Residents in this area need to be on alert and lock all vehicles and outbuildings as well as your residence," the earlier Facebook post stated.

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