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Bizarre lake incident sends 1 to jail
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TRINITY — A 38-year-old Lovelady man was being held on theft charges Monday afternoon following a bizarre incident reported on Lake Livingston early Sunday morning. According to Trinity County Sheriff's Investigator Tommy Park, Christopher Keith Allen was arrested Monday after items found in his pickup Sunday morning were identified as stolen from a lake-side residence on the White Rock Creek branch of Lake Livingston. The incident began around midnight Saturday night/Sunday morning when a resident standing on the lake shore spotted a boat in the lake and a man floating nearby on what appeared to be a plastic gasoline can. When the resident yelled asking if the people in the boat and water needed help, the boat immediately fled the scene at a high rate of speed, leaving a man in the water. The man, later identified as Allen, swam to a nearby island and was subsequently rescued by a property owner in the area. Trinity Fire Chief Hayne Huffman said he was contacted about 12:30 a.m. Sunday and asked to help locate the missing boat. Allen had expressed concern because among the passengers were his two sons, identified as ages 18 and 9. "Truman Withers and I put our rescue boat into the water at the Highway 94 ramp and began searching for the boat," Huffman said. Huffman said they searched down White Rock Creek along the shoreline in the area of Salt Creek and the Westwood Shores subdivision. Sometime between 3 and 4 a.m., Withers, using a high-powered flashlight, spotted the boat along the shoreline. Allen's two sons were found safe inside the boat but another passenger, identified as a 38-year-old man, was reported to have left the boat earlier on foot. Park said when investigators, including Pct. 2 Constable Mark Cole, first questioned Allen and his sons, they claimed to have been out frog gigging. Huffman later noted that no frog gigging equipment was found in the boat. The sheriff's investigator said a number of items were found in the back of the suspect's pickup truck, which was parked at the Highway 94 boat ramp. "When we checked early Sunday morning, the items were not listed as stolen, but later that day our office received a theft report. The serial numbers provided in that report matched the items we found in the back of the pickup," Park said. Items recovered included a boat motor, life jackets and fishing tackle. A warrant was issued for Allen's arrest and Park took him into custody on Monday. Investigation into the incident is continuing.


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