By KERRY CRAIG
News-Telegram Staff Writer
A 39-year-old Cumby man, John Marlin King, was being held in Hopkins County Jail Thursday on charges of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle and a number of burglary charges.
King was arrested Wednesday following a high speed chase and manhunt in northern Hopkins County.
Chief Sheriff's Investigator Lewis Tatum said Cpl. Dennis Findley had been investigating burglaries on Mahoney Road and found an item that belonged to the suspect.
With the item and information in hand, deputies obtained a felony arrest warrant and went to King's residence on State Highway 11 west near FM 275.
“While we were there speaking to his girlfriend or wife, I'm not sure which she is, in plain view we did see some of the stolen items behind the house,” the chief investigator said. “While were there [the suspect] drove up and saw us and left at a high rate of speed northbound.”
The fleeing suspect then turned east on FM 71 through Emblem and Peerless at high speeds before turning north when he reached State Highway 19 in Birthright, where a waiting state trooper was able to deploy a spike strip and flatten the left front tire of the suspect's pickup.
With a flat tire, King continued at speeds exceeding 100 mph before leaving the road, running through a fence and into a pasture, where he abandoned his truck and fled on foot.
As the foot pursuit and manhunt began, officers from Delta County, state troopers, Sulphur Springs Police, Cumby Police and the Sheriff's Posse assisted in the search that also utilized a helicopter and canines.
“With a Department of Public Safety helicopter and a canine unit from the Texas Department of Corrections prison facility in Bonham, we were able to locate him in a wooded area,” Tatum said. “He didn't offer any resistance.”
Tatum said King would be facing charges of evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle and several building burglary charges along with other charges.
“He has still got charges from the last time we had him in here for a theft,” Tatum said.
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