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Low-speed chase ends with suspect in jail



LIVINGSTON – A low-speed chase through portions of five counties ended with a 37-year-old Livingston man in the Polk County Jail early this week. Kevin Michael Kilpatrick was held on a felony charge of evading arrest or detention in a vehicle following an incident Sunday night. He also was arrested on two warrants dating from March 2013 charging him with disorderly conduct and failure to appear at a court docket call. Bonds were set at $10,000 on the evading arrest charge and $1,000 each on the two outstanding warrants. According to Livingston Police Chief Dennis Clifton, the incident began around 8 p.m. Sunday when police received a report from the Livingston Walmart concerning a suspicious man who was believed to be breaking into vehicles in the store parking lot. "We received a description of the suspect and his vehicle and officers were dispatched to the scene," Clifton said. Upon arrival, the officers spotted a man matching the description and proceeded to make contact with him. Clifton said after talking with the officers for a short period, the suspect "jerked free," got into his vehicle, locked the doors and refused to get out. "When he drove away the officers pursued him. He first headed north on Highway 59 for a short distance and then turned around and started south. At that time he was exceeding the speed limit but after he begin traveling south along the Highway 59 Bypass he got back down to the posted limit and pretty much stayed there as he headed south." Initially, three Livingston Police Department cars were involved in the pursuit, but one of them backed off and returned to Livingston as the chase moved further south. Clifton said as the chase proceeded toward the Houston area, the Texas Department of Public Safety's Highway Patrol units took over the lead in the chase. "Our problem as we move away from Livingston into the Houston area is communication. We never lost contact with our cars, but they were unable to communicate with the other agencies' vehicles," the police chief said. The chase moved south out of Polk County through portions of San Jacinto, Liberty and Montgomery counties into Harris County. Clifton said as they moved further south, more and more law enforcement units joined the chase. "I've have heard estimates that before it was over as many as 50 patrol units were involved," Clifton said. "What people need to understand is that when they see that many cars involved, it's to insure the safety of the public. "When you get into the Houston area, they are really good about using units to block off entrance ramps to the freeway to keep the public from getting involved in the pursuit, and that takes a lot of cars." As the chase moved through Montgomery County, DPS units put down spike strips to successfully flatten the tires on the suspect's vehicle. "Even that didn't make him stop. He continued driving south on the vehicle's rims, sometime going as slow as 15 miles per hour," he said. Eventually, the suspect pulled off of Highway 59 at Humble and led the officers at slow speeds through the Deerbrook Mall parking lot and onto FM 1960. He drove west on FM 1960 for a short distance before turning around and heading back toward Highway 59. He finally stopped near the intersection of the two highways and was taken into custody without further incident. Clifton said that as of Tuesday morning, they have received no complaints from Walmart customers that items had been taken from their vehicles.


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