Athens Review, Athens, Texas

August 5, 2013

Louisiana man arrested

Fight at Athens retail car lot brings other crimes during day

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — A Louisiana man who fled authorities in a stolen vehicle in Athens on Saturday, remained in the Van Zandt County Jail  Monday after being arrested by Canton Police.

Dequincy Rushing, 20, of Natchitoches, was charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle and giving fictitious information. Bond on Rushing was set at $30,000. He could face other charges as the investigation into the stolen vehicle continues.

According to Athens Police Department reports, the events began Saturday morning, when a customer brought a Maroon Cadillac to Barrios Automotive on North Pinkerton Street for a new set of tires.  The owner of the business had just finished mounting the tires when the customer got into a fight with a man who had just driven up in a white Mercury Grand Marquis.

In the course of the altercation, the man who had been in the Mercury took the Cadillac and sped out of the service bay, clipping the side of the building on his way out.

The man who had brought the Cadillac for service left the establishment on foot, but soon began pursuing the Cadillac in another vehicle. He continued to follow it north from Athens while in contact with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office by cell phone.

Rushing evaded pursuing a Department of Public Safety trooper and continued on State Highway 19 as the car approached State Highway 64 in Canton. Canton police placed spikes on the roadway to stop the fleeing vehicle. The Cadillac was forced to stop and Rushing was arrested. Rushing was transported to the Van Zandt County Justice Center in Canton.

In a separate incident, In January, 2012, Rushing was arrested in his hometown of Natchitoches, La. on an attempted murder charge, in connection with the shooting of Anthony, a man from Payne Subdivision in Natchitoches.