Lufkin warrant sweep starts tomorrow

By Holley Nees - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - When the room at the City of Lufkin Municipal Court is empty, you would not think something big is about to happen.  However, do not be fooled.

"Tomorrow during the warrant sweep there's people that just, they'll leave town or they will not go to work," Lufkin City Marshall Brian Smith said.

However, Smith said running from this problem will not get you anywhere.   Warrants will follow you.

"We'd rather them pay and take care of their warrants rather than actually having to go out and go through the process of arresting and taking them to jail," Smith said.

With extra cops working Friday, they will be ready to do just that.

The City Municipal Court said business has been pretty slow Thursday, but they are still expecting thousands of dollars to come in from outstanding warrants.

He said some people are paying up this year, but they are only a dent in the more than $4 million left to collect from the past decade.

"Carelessness, probably to not having the money, the economy's bad right now,"  Marshall said.

There are payment arrangments you can make.

Shea Williams paid on her warrant today because she said, "I was like no I cannot afford to go to jail, so I need to come up here and try to see what I can do."

Take some advice from someone who knows the consequences.

"They probably [are] scared, but I would recommend that you get up here right now," Williams said.

Smith also said if you are worried about getting arrested, you do not even have to leave your home to pay.   You can pay online or over the phone. The Lufkin Municipal Court will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday for the start of their warrant sweep.

The city of Nacogdoches starts their warrant round-up Saturday.   The Nacogdoches Municipal Court will be open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.