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By Chris Edwards
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SPURGER – Authorities are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspicious vehicle, following a pursuit last week.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, a high-speed pursuit by law enforcement began in the Spurger area last Monday. Deputies who were on patrol received information about an attempt by two men, described as Hispanic descent, to steal a vehicle from a residence along FM 1013.

The deputies were advised that the homeowner confronted the two men, and they fled the area in a dark colored pickup truck, which Weatherford described as having “loud mud-grip tires.” A deputy spotted a truck matching the description, westbound on FM 1013.

When the deputy attempted to instigate a stop at the intersection of the farm-to-market road and US 69, the vehicle accelerated to a high rate of speed and refused to stop. The pursuit continued along 69, with speeds reaching between 100-110 MPH.

Weatherford said that as the pursuit neared the Woodville city limits, Woodville PD officers deployed tire spikes, just south of the city limits, in order to disable the suspect vehicle.

The vehicle, instead, made an abrupt right-hand turn onto Seneca Road, back toward FM 1013, at speeds reaching 80 MPH. The pursuit continued to an oil pump-site road, where the vehicle rammed through a gate and made an abrupt U-turn at the site and began heading toward the TCSO patrol vehicle in an aggressive manner, colliding with the unit.

Weatherford said the deputy continued to pursue the vehicle but observed the engine overheating due to damage the vehicle had sustained in the collision. In the midst of the pursuit, TCSO learned that the suspect vehicle had been reported stolen out of Bronson, in Sabine County.

Deputies with TCSO along with help from Woodville PD officers were ultimately unable to locate the vehicle, but Weatherford is encouraging anyone with information about the stolen vehicle to contact TCSO at 409-283-2172, or the East Texas Crime Stoppers, at 936-969-TIPS.

Crime Stoppers tipsters can also submit tips via the organization’s website, www.639TIPS.com, or through an app obtainable through the website. The Crime Stoppers process is entirely anonymous for tipsters, and anyone with information is eligible for a cash reward if the information given leads to an arrest.

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