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Juvenile runs from police, abandons truck in heavy brush, arrested hours later

By FROM NEWS RELEASE
April 19, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2011 at 11:19 p.m.

A truck was found hidden in heavy brush Monday afternoon in rural DeWitt County. A juvenile from Mexico, believed to have been the driver, was later arrested and turned over to U.S. Border Patrol.

A juvenile boy from Mexico was arrested after leading police on a chase and then eluding them in heavy brush in rural DeWitt County on Monday.

The incident began at about 2:35 p.m. on alternate U.S. Highway 77, when a DeWitt County deputy attempted to stop a 2010 Ford pickup on suspicion of a traffic violation. The driver initially pulled over and stopped, but as the deputy approached the driver's door, the driver sped away, according to a news release from the DeWitt County Sheriff's Office.

The driver turned onto Hannessee Road and then went through a fence. The truck then went through several properties in the area.

A perimeter was set up with the assistance of Department of Public Safety, Cuero Police Department and DeWitt County constable, Precinct 1 bound by Hannessee, Brown, Concrete-Edgar roads and U.S. Highway 183. A DPS helicopter was requested because of the thick brush.

After about a 20-minute air search, the helicopter pilot spotted the truck in a very thick stand of trees and brush. Only a small portion of the vehicle's hood could be seen from the air. The pilot guided ground units to the location.

The vehicle was reported stolen from Jim Wells County on April 13. The plates belonging to a similar pickup were displayed on the vehicle. A loaded .22 caliber pistol was discovered inside the truck.

A sheriff's deputy and DPS trooper patrolling the area around 10:30 p.m. found the juvenile, believed to be the driver. He was turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol for processing.

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