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August 8, 2012

Jacksonville man arrested in Bullard after chase

BULLARD — A Jacksonville man was arrested by the Bullard Police Department after fleeing from a traffic stop on foot on U.S. Highway 69 on Friday night.

According to reports around 11:30 p.m. Bullard officers Steven Anderson and Kevin Londoff pulled over a vehicle traveling south on the highway for a defective tail light near the border of Smith and Cherokee counties.

After the vehicle stopped, the front passenger door flew open a white male jumped out and ran from the vehicle toward Boren Connor Funereal Home, reports state.

Londoff pursued the man identified as Landon Gray, 24, of Jacksonville. Reports state Gray ran to some buildings behind the funeral home before he turned and ran into the parking lot of the Taco El Conquistador restaurant.

The officer lost sight of him once he reached the parking lot. Citizens told him he ran into the restaurant and workers stated he ran all the way through the building and exited from the back door into a woods area toward F.M. 2493.

Officers Jeremy Farmer and reserve deputy Brandon Mcintyre helped Londoff search the woods, where Gray gave up the chase and was cuffed by officers, reports state.

In the vehicle, Anderson had already questioned and detained the three other passengers.

Rita Johnson, 29, of Jacksonville was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in penalty group one and three. Both charges were state jail felonies. According to reports prescription pills were found in her purse and on her.

Police Chief Gary Lewis said the people in the car admitted to having methamphetamine, but the drugs were not found in a search of the vehicle.

Reports state Gray was complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain, and he was transported to East Texas Medical Center — Tyler by ambulance.

Lewis said while in the ambulance, Gray told Lewis he ran from Cherokee County Sheriff deputies a few days before and was trying to sell several items in the car at Canton Trade Days earlier in the day.

He was cleared by the doctor, taken to the Cherokee County Jail and charged with Evading arrest, a Class A misdemeanor. Lewis said Gray had two warrants out of Cherokee County for evading arrest and a failure to appear in court on the the charge of evading arrest with a vehicle.

Lewis said Gray is a suspect in an assault and theft in Canton and said several items in the car were potentially stolen.

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