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November 22, 2013

Mabank man arrested after vehicle pursuit

Athens — A late morning vehicle pursuit that began in Athens on Wednesday and damaged three law enforcement vehicles along its route, ended with the arrest of a burglary suspect.

Kelton Derek Wilson, 21, of Mabank was booked into the Henderson County Jail for aggravated assault on a public servant, engaging in organized crime activity, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest with a motor vehicle. Other charges are pending. Wilson remained in jail on Thursday, with bond totaling $95,000.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Cpt. Bryan Tower said he, along with Lt. Kay Langford, had been looking for Wilson due to outstanding warrants from Athens and Malakoff. At 10:21 a.m., they saw a red Chevrolet pickup at the parking lot of the Shell station on West Corsicana Street.

“As he was coming through the parking lot, I initiated lights on my truck and he immediately sped off,” Tower said.

Tower followed Wilson down several streets in north Athens at a high rate of speed.

“He lost control several times and things were flying out,” Tower said.

Wilson turned on Old Kaufman Highway, heading west, then got on the on-ramp to Loop 7. Dep. Richard Miller took the lead in the chase, with other HCSO vehicles, the Athens Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety eventually joining the chase.

The suspect drove from Loop 7 onto northbound State Highway 19, still moving at a high rate of speed. The Chevrolet exited again on County Road 3911 traveling west. An Athens Police patrol car, a marked HCSO vehicle and Tower’s truck all sustained damage in the chase.

“He turned into a pasture through an open gate, runs up into a field,” Tower said. “After a short struggle, he was taken into custody.”

Wilson was taken to East Texas Medical Center in Athens to be checked out, then transported to the Henderson County Justice Center.

One of the two passengers in the vehicle was also arrested on warrants. Jennifer Oliver, 26, of Mabank was taken into custody for release of surety, and possession of less than 28 grams of a controlled substance.

Tower said Wilson is one of five suspects in a Nov. 16 burglary at Plantation Point, in which numerous items were stolen, including a boat and trailer.

Dep. Cayce Hampton said the estimated value of the boat was $40,000, and the trailer about $2,500. About $5,000 worth of items were recovered and returned to owners.

Tower said the Wednesday chase follows one connected to Malakoff Sunday in which Christopher Ray Edwards was arrested and booked into jail, with bond set at $10,000.  Items recovered in that incident were linked to thefts in the city.

More information concerning the investigations will be presented once it becomes available.

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