A 25-year-old man remained in the Henderson County Jail on Monday after attempting to flee Athens police officers on Friday, reports said
Taylor Ray Duckworth was held, with bond set at $100,000 for evading arrest or detention, resisting arrest and attempt to take a weapon from an officer.
Assistant Chief Rodney Williams III said dispatch received a call at about 9:40 a.m. of a suspicious person, wearing a tank top and shorts, in the 700 block of W. Corsicana Street. Cpl. Christopher Saylors responded to the call and saw someone matching the description.
Saylors made contact with Duckworth, but as they were talking, Duckworth turned to walk away. Saylors told him to stop, but he continued to attempt to leave.
Williams said Duckworth traveled west in the direction of the Donut Supreme where he was caught and arrested. HCSO Deputy Christian Hill and several APD officers assisted in the arrest.
Duckworth's confrontation with police was his second in the past seven months. He had been arrested in October after a violent encounter with Gun Barrel City police.
According to an Athens Review Story, GBC police went to the Walmart following a suspicious-person call and found Duckworth at the Murphy USA gas station. Duckworth showed signs of intoxication and resisted the officers.
An attempt to Taser Duckworth was unsuccessful. He removed the Taser probes and continued to flee through the parking lot. Duckworth, the story said, “continued to be non-compliant and aggressive. An initial dose of sedation was ineffective, and another dose was required.
When he was finally sedated, officers took Duckworth to UT Health East Texas before booking him at the Henderson County jail.