Scent dogs, officers look for fleeing men near Goliad

Three men are on the run in Goliad County after they bailed out of a vehicle about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday on Farm-to-Market Road 239, said Goliad Sheriff Kirby Brumby.

A Department of Public Safety helicopter, prison scent dogs from Cuero and Beeville and officers on foot and on horseback scoured the brush looking for the men, Brumby said.

The search began after a group of five men bailed from a Chevrolet Trailblazer with 250 pounds of marijuana.

Brumby said additional deputies were patrolling FM 239 because the U.S. Highway 77 northbound closure near Refugio caused increased traffic to be routed through Goliad.

A deputy was driving behind the Trailblazer- not attempting to make a traffic stop - when it suddenly pulled off the road about one mile and a half east of U.S. Highway 183.

"They whipped off the road, threw the marijuana over the fence and started running," Brumby said, adding that the men dropped the four bundles of marijuana after about 100 yards as the deputy began chasing them.

Two of the men were captured by 7 p.m., and officers continued to look for the remaining three.