Man still on the run after 8-hour manhunt

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A suspect remains at-large after fleeing from law enforcement during a traffic stop on Monday morning.

About 7:20 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Joseph Schuler spotted a white Ford pickup traveling south on U.S. Highway 77 near Coleto Creek.

Schuler attempted to pull over the suspected stolen truck for speeding.

The truck's driver pulled over to the side of the road as if he were going to comply with the traffic stop, but instead he jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

About 30 people from the Department of Public Safety, the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Corrections' Beeville and Cuero dog team units responded to search for the suspect. Helicopter search teams from Corpus Christi were also called in to assist with the manhunt.

The search was called off about 3 p.m.

The suspect, whose name is unknown, is described as a Hispanic male, who was last seen wearing a brown jacket, jeans and a tan baseball cap.

DPS Trooper and Public Information Officer Gerald Bryant said the suspect is believed to have stolen the truck at gunpoint during a July robbery that took place in Friendswood.

At this time, the suspect faces charges of speeding, possession of a stolen vehicle and felony fleeing.