Shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday the Montgomery County Sheriff’s
Office received a call from a citizen on North Park Drive. The caller
told dispatchers a man was standing on top of his truck at the Best
Auto Repair shop at Russell Palmer and North Park. The witness then
observed the suspect got through the gate in the rear of the building
and steal a trailer loaded with equipment, and generators. A DPS trooper
was very close to the scene as it dispatched as was a Precinct 4 deputy
constable. As the trooper approached the scene he witnessed a Ford
Explorer behind the Church’s Chicken with a trailer. As he turned around
the vehicle sped off without the trailer. Trooper Eric Lopez,
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy Jackson, Montgomery County Precinct 4
Deputy Constables Rivera and Turrentine attempted to stop the vehicle
which had tape across the rear license plate. The vehicle continued west
on North Park at a high rate of speed. As the Explorer reached Loop 494
the driver lost control flipping the vehicle at least four times.
Officials believe the driver was ejected from the vehicle as he was
not seen running from it and it was believed he was under it. Porter
Fire Department and MCHD were dispatched to the scene along with Houston
Fire Department but the driver was not in or under the vehicle, Fire
crews and law enforcement fanned out and started a search of the area
but nothing was found. After viewing the dash cams, again the driver was
not seen running from the vehicle or being ejected.
A perimeter was set up between North park and Kings Manor, Kings
Mill, and Park at Kings Manor. Montgomery County Precinct 4 responded
with a tracking dog but the suspect was not found. The area of the
search was both wooded, high grasses and several ditches.
The suspect is a white male, bald headed and wearing blue jeans. Officials believe he may have some injuries from the crash.
Eastbound North Park was closed for almost three hours as the search continued.
vehicle was not on fire, hubby & I passed the accident when only 3 police cars were there . When we came back we saw the fire truck & several police cars plus wrecher, so we turned & went down Kingwood to get out of all the backed up traffic . We thought it at 1st a van had lost control & flipped into the Oakhurst sign & then into the tree . The vehicle was really a mess , don't know how anyone could have gotten out without some kind of injury .