Suspect flees stolen truck, trailer on foot near Santa Land after law enforcement pursuit

Santa Land will not open tonight as advised by law enforcement
Smith County sheriff vehicle
Smith County sheriff vehicle(kltv)
Published: Jan. 4, 2023 at 4:57 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 7:55 PM CST
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A chase on Interstate 20 turned into a manhunt after the driver bailed out on foot and ran from deputies and a DPS trooper. As of 7:30 p.m., the suspects are still not in custody.

According to Smith County Sheriff PIO Sgt. Larry Christian, one suspect was driving what they believe is a stolen pickup and trailer out of the Dallas area. The driver was headed eastbound fleeing from deputies and DPS when he crossed the median and drove into the westbound lanes, and then bailed out of the vehicle on foot. Christian said there may have been two people in the vehicle who fled.

The owners of Santa Land were advised not to open tonight, which was to be their last night of the season, as the search for the fugitives continues.

Law enforcement is searching the area in the vicinity of Santa Land for the suspect(s). If you know anything about this crime, call the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-590-2661.

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