Suspect leads officials on high-speed chase through Kirbyville; flees on foot through woods

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A suspect is still at large after leading the officials on a high-speed chase through Kirbeyville and then fleeing on foot.

According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, a blue, extended-cab Chevrolet pickup led Jasper County Sheriff's Narcotics Investigators Lieutenant Scott Duncan on a pursuit through Kirbeyville during the evening hours of May 29.

Law enforcement initially stopped the vehicle for not maintaining a single lane and posing a risk to other drivers.

The Department of Public Safety, the Kirbeyville Police Department, Newton Police Department, and the Newton County Sheriff's Office assisted in the chase.

The car pursuit lasted 30 minutes and continued through Kirbeyville into Newton County. The chase reached speeds between 80 to 100 mile per hour. It ended near County Road 2001 in Newton County when the suspect got out of the vehicle and fled on foot through a wooded area, according to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

The scene was secured by officials and a search for the suspect was conducted. The Jasper County Sheriff's Office said that their Molly, their K-9 officer,  was called in to assist in the search. However, she was unsuccessful in finding the suspect.

"We gathered evidence out of the truck, got some canines out to try and track the suspect," Duncan said. "It was a thick saw-briar looking area."

Bloodhound tracking dogs from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office were also called in to assist in the search.

Despite the efforts, the search was unsuccessful and was called off by Jasper County Sheriff Newman after several hours.

"Any time you have a suspect that has the time to discard a vehicle and get into the terrain, it becomes more difficult," Duncan said.

According to the Jasper County Sheriff's Office, the suspect is still at large.

Duncan added that deputies are currently looking into two solid leads.

"We are going to get a warrant," Duncan said. "And, I can assure you we will execute that warrant, and we will put him where he needs to be."

Anyone, with information that could assist in the search, is asked to contact their local law enforcement agency.

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