By Valerie Reddell
Tyler County deputies have jailed two suspects in a residential burglary that occurred Wednesday Colmesneil on FM 1745 at about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, according Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
While deputies were en route, Weatherford said a citizen spotted a suspicious vehicle — a black four-door passenger van — parked at the back of the house and called the homeowner. The witness knew the homeowner was not at home at the time.
"The homeowner confirmed that the car should not be there, and they called us," said Chief Deputy Stephen Sturrock.
The responding deputy spotted a vehicle that matched the description given by the witness at FM 256 and FM 1745 and turned around to pursue it.
When the suspects saw the officer turn around, the driver accelerated in an attempt to elude officers, Weatherford said.
The suspects passed other vehicles in no passing zones, driving extremely fast and refusing to stop for deputies.
The pursuit traveled across U.S. Hwy. 69 onto North Pitzer Street, crossing over FM 256 onto FM 3065, disregarding stop signs. The suspect vehicle continued traveling at a high rate of speed on FM 3065 until the driver lost control and crashed at the intersection of FM 3065 at U.S. Hwy. 69.
"Deputies saw two black males exit the vehicle and flee on foot in a wooded area near the Windmill Trailer Park," Weatherford said.
Deputies were unable to immediately apprehend the suspects. They were joined in the search by Woodville Police Officers,
Constables John Fuller and Tony Reynolds who set up perimeters around the area.
The Texas Department of Criminal