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Lockdown sparked by pursuit



LIVINGSTON — Police ended a lockdown at the Livingston High School campus shortly before 4:30 p.m., about two hours after implementing it. Lt. Matt Parrish said officers asked LISD to heighten security after a man driving a 2004 Ford Taurus was observed running a red light on North Pine by Officer Kevin Ward. When Ward attempted to stop the car, the driver accelerated away from him. Ward pursued the car to Abbey Street, across Washington St. (Business 59) and Houston St. “Officer Ward slowed down in that area due to traffic and saw the driver stopped the vehicle just south of the Polk County Office Annex and ran on foot through the woods,” Lt. Parrish said. The driver was described as a black male whose age was estimated to be in his 20s, wearing a white T-shirt and tan hat. Since that wooded area is in close proximity to the high school, officers asked administrators to implement a lockdown. Parrish said the security measures help protect students while the pursuit is under way. While officers were processing the vehicle, the Ford Taurus was reported stolen from the Livingston Wal- Mart parking lot. After investigators finished obtaining evidence, it was towed from the area. Investigators were in the process of obtaining video of the pursuit and security videos from the site of the car theft and along the route of the pursuit. The suspect is wanted for felony theft and evading with a vehicle, which is also a felony charge. Texas Ranger Ron Duff — whose office is at the county annex — assisted in the search. Lt. Andy Lowrie and Det. Howard Smith brought search dogs to the scene. Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation is asked to call Polk County Crime Stoppers at 936-327-7867 or LPD at 936- 327-3117.


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