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PCSO find suspect in theft of Huntington patrol car
Polk County Enterprise - June 2008
CORRIGAN – On May 31, at about 3:18 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce was called to a location off Highway 287 East concerning a stolen Huntington Police Department patrol vehicle. At the time of the call, responding offi cers did not know which department the high-jacked patrol car belonged to, or the welfare of any offi cer which may have been involved in an altercation with the suspect. After further investigation, it was determined that the Huntington Police Department on Highway 69 in Angelina County missing a black patrol vehicle from their offi ce. Lt Craig Finegan with the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce spoke with the Huntington Police Department and found their patrol vehicle, a black Dodge Charger, was missing. At that point of the investigation, the PCSO was assisted by Tyler County Sheriff’s Offi ce, Corrigan Police Department and the Diboll Police Department in attempts to locate the suspect and vehicle along the area of Hwy 287.
After a few hours of searching, Lt. Finegan received a call from the suspect’ s mother that he had returned to her residence saying that he hid the patrol vehicle in the woods. Upon offi cer’s arrival at the parent’s residence, a foot pursuit ensued with the suspect who was eventually captured by Lt. Finegan and Sgt. Rob Thomas without incident. The suspect Donald McKinney, 27, of Corrigan said he was picked up by friends at his residence and taken to Huntington. After leaving his friends he took the Huntington Police Department patrol vehicle and drove it to Corrigan where he stopped at a party on Stryker Road where he got into a fight with several males.
The suspect eventually led Lt. Finegan and Sgt. Thomas to the location where the patrol car was hidden in the woods about two miles from his residence. The Huntington Police Department found the vehicle undamaged. The suspect was released to Huntington Police Chief Steven Sifford after being detained in the Angelina County Jail for a robbery warrant out of Missouri. Criminal chargers relating to the theft of the patrol vehicle will be fi led with the Angelina County District Attorne’s Offi ce.