Authorities Hunt for Car Chase Suspect - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

07/28/06 - Lufkin

Authorities Hunt for Car Chase Suspect

by Ramonica R. Jones

Lufkin police are looking for a man who led them on a chase through town Friday. That suspect is still on the run. He gave officers a fake name when they confronted him for trying to cash a check with bogus identification at a Lufkin bank. That's when the chase began.

The chase started at the Capital One bank on South First Street at Janeway in Lufkin. A suspicious man pulled up to the drive-thru, that's when quick-thinking bank tellers called police about a possible forgery in progress.

Sgt. Ronny LaRue said, "They were detaining this person by basically stalling him. When officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with him, asked for his identification; he could provide none. He gave a couple of different names with a couple different variants, basically, wrong date of birth, things like that. Finally, he did give us a drivers license number. When he gave us a drivers license number, it came back to a female instead of a male."

The suspect took off through Lufkin, but left the navy blue Buick he was in at a house on Springlake off Highway 69. The homeowner saw the car, but didn't see anyone inside. That's when she called the cops.

"The suspect has gotten away, he's on foot," said Sgt LaRue. "He's described as a white male, tall, slender build, has a thin mustache, and had on a plaid shirt and blue jeans."

The Buick was towed and processed for fingerprints. The license plate is registered in Nacogdoches. If you know who or where the driver is, call the Lufkin Police Department.

Authorities believe they know who the suspect is. Once he's caught, he'll be charged with several offenses, including evading arrest, a felony.

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