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Man just released from jail accused of stealing deputy's truck from correctional center and leading officers on chase
PORT ARTHUR - KFDM News has learned a man who was just released from the Jefferson County Jail tried to steal a golf cart and then stole a deputy's Ford F-250 at the correctional center and led officers on a chase into Groves where Port Arthur Police caught him, according to information provided to KFDM News by PA Police Chief Mark Blanton.
Deputy Rod Carroll tells KFDM News a deputy fired a shot at the truck and it struck a tire.
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The inmate is accused of stealing the truck at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and leading officers on a chase that ended on Highway 73 East near Terrell Street in Groves, just outside of Port Arthur.
Investigators say the man first took a golf cart at the jail and officers chased him. He managed to get into a deputy's personal Ford F-250 that had been outfitted with equipment the deputy could use while working for S.O. A deputy fired a shot that struck a tire on the truck. The man sped away and officers and deputies chased him before PAPD caught him on Highway 73 East, about a half mile into Groves.
Port Arthur Police had arrested the man Sunday for public intoxication. He was released Tuesday morning when he's accused of taking the truck.
He's now facing charges of evading.