Manhunt fails to capture man who ran from trooper

Subject took off before officer found weapon during search of vehicle

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

April 4, 2008 - Local authorities are still looking for a 40-year-old man who ran from troopers during a traffic stop Thursday morning.

Lyndon Ray Phillips was described as being about 6 feet tall and weighing between 200 and 250 pounds. The white male has hazel eyes and light brown hair. He was last seen wearing khaki pants and a green shirt.

While law enforcement records show Jasper, Ark., as the last address listed for him, both Phillips and his wife are believed to currently be living in Hopkins County.

Phillips, who has a criminal history fled while state troopers were searching his vehicle. A weapon was found inside, and he reportedly is wanted. Authorities anticipate seeking another warrant in connection with Tuesday's incident, according to sheriff's reports.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Cori Hale stopped Phillips at 9:52 a.m. Thursday in a blue Chevrolet for driving on the wrong side of FM 71 and not passing.

Phillips, who was asked to exit the vehicle and stand back while Hale searched it, took off running. Several officers from Hopkins County sheriff's office responded to Hale's call for assistance, and a manhunt was launched around FM 71 and State Highway 19 north. A DPS helicopter was also sent to the scene to conduct an arial search.

Meanwhile, Phillips' 35-year-old wife was arrested for failure to identify. According to reports, she falsely identified herself twice during the traffic stop and subsequent manhunt for her husband. She was later identified as a woman 5 years younger and by a different name than the identity she had given officers.

The manhunt was called off around 3 p.m. Thursday despite at least one reported sighting. But officers, including sheriff's deputies, continued throughout the evening and into the night closely monitoring the area for Phillips.

Anyone who sees Phillips or has knowledge of his whereabouts is urged to contact the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office at 903-439-4040 or their nearest law enforcement agency.

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