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LPD jails suspect the fled in April
LIVINGSTON — Acting on a tip from a confidential informant, Det. Leon Middleton announced Tuesday that a suspect who fled from officers back in April had been arrested Monday morning. Middleton said Michael Shane Durden III, of Livingston fled from officers on April 5 after a pursuit that prompted a lockdown at Livingston High School. Durden abandoned a 2004 Ford Taurus just south of the Polk County Office Annex after he fled from Officer Kevin Ward who spotted the car run a red light on North Pine St. When Ward initiated the traffic stop, the driver accelerated away from him and the officer pursued him to Abbey Street, across Washington Street and Houston Street where Ward was forced to slow down due to heavy traffic. Since that wooded area is in close proximity to the high school, officers asked administrators to implement a lockdown. That precaution was lifted at about 4:30 p.m. after a canine units from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office had searched the area. Parrish said the security measures help protect students while the pursuit was under way. Middleton said he has continued to work the case since it occurred and had interviewed several individuals in connection with the incident, including the owner of the vehicle, Shayla Criswell. Criswell initially reported the car stolen from the Wal- Mart parking lot, but she has since been charged with making a false report to a police officer. She is currently in custody at the Harris County Jail on unrelated charges. “It took a while to get all our ducks in a row, but someone came forward with details that matched evidence we found at the scene,” Middleton said. Among the items collected were an orange and white Nike Jordan athletic show that belonged to the suspect. Durden was arrested shortly after 7 a.m. at a residence in Lakeside Village where he and Criswell had been staying.