Law officers met resistance when they attempted to recover a stolen truck at a residence east of Athens Tuesday.
The incident resulted in a 24 year-old woman arrested for interfering with the duties of a public servant, and authorities seeking a man who fled the scene, identified as Keith Washington.
Cheri Crutchfield was booked into the Henderson County Jail, then released after posting $3,500 bond.
Texas Department of Public Safety Investigator Richard Fulton said the episode grew out of his ongoing investigation into the thefts of several motor vehicles in and around Henderson County.
The 1998 Chevrolet pickup was parked outside the residence on County Road 4827 when law officers arrived to seize it. Crutchfield and the man who fled apparently had other ideas.
“They said they were not going to let us recover the vehicle that had been reported stolen to the Athens PD,” Fulton said. “One of them, a Cheri Crutchfield, tried to get in the vehicle, and drive it away.”
Crutchfield was taken into custody, but when officers attempted to arrest Washington, he fled on foot. Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputies joined in the search for Washington who remains at large.
“It’s not normal for the police to try to recover a stolen vehicle, and someone say they’re not going to let you do it,” Fulton said.
Fulton said the items seized Tuesday as a result of the investigation include three motor vehicles, and an additional $10,000 worth of stolen property. Those items included two enclosed cargo trailers and a diesel-generator welder.
The incident Tuesday came about three weeks after 29 year-old Lachance Crutchfield was arrested for arson and parole violation as a result of the ongoing investigation.
At that time, Fulton said, about 15 stolen vehicles had been identified from various locations in north Texas.