Manhunt for crash suspect near Hudson elementary school ends in arrest

Published: May. 9, 2023 at 1:13 PM CDT|Updated: May. 9, 2023 at 3:28 PM CDT
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ANGELINA COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A man is in jail after leading authorities on a manhunt causing Hudson ISD schools to go into a secure lockout.

Nathan Reach was located and apprehended ending the manhunt, allowing schools to come out of secure lockdown.

Authorities in Angelina County got a call saying a man crashed his vehicle into a light pole on Hwy 94 in Hudson. Witnesses said the man got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, Running into the woods between W.H. Bonner Elementary and Peavy Primary School.

Lieutenant Wesley Waggonner with the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office said Hudson ISD Police put the schools on what they call a secure lockout and multiple agencies responded.

“Hudson PD responded, DPS, state forest responded as well along with Angelina County Sheriff’s Department, and Lufkin Police Department,” Waggonner said.

A perimeter was set up with extra security at both schools while they searched for the suspect.

Hudson ISD Superintendent Donny Webb said a secure lockout is when no one comes into the building or goes out but normal activities continue inside. Webb said eventually all campuses were placed under secure lockout while the search continued for the suspect. He said all the agencies communicated to the district well.

“They were in constant communication with our department and with us locally so we would know what was going on. We were also trying to communicate with parents to let parents know that their kids were safe in the building,” Webb said.

The wrecked car was searched, and drugs and drug paraphernalia were found inside.

“We combed searched the area, flew some drones, we were unable to locate the subject and a little later we were about to deploy a tracking dog and he was located just west of where we had our permitter set up,” Waggonner said.

Authorities took the suspect into custody and identified the suspect as Nathan Reach.

His charges are unknown at this time.

The suspect's vehicle.
The suspect's vehicle.(KTRE)