Manhunt launched after man flees from trooper

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 31, 2008 - A manhunt was launched early this morning after one of three people in a car stopped by state troopers ran from authorities.

The two other occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody at the scene, and the man who tried to get away was located about 4 1/2 hours later.

The incident began at 1 a.m. when Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Trent Price stopped a blue Malibu Chevrolet at the 131 mile marker on Interstate 30 for an expired registration sticker.

A passenger was observed by the trooper to be in possession of an open container of alcohol and was "making furtive movements" inside the car while Price was interviewing the driver. He was frisked for weapons, and found to have .25-cal. ammunition in his front pocket. A further search revealed a weapon concealed in the groin area of the passenger's pants.

But when Price tried to detain him, the man took off on foot, running south toward FM 69.

Price notified DPS dispatchers by radio at 1:04 a.m. that he had two people detained and that the third man had fled, and thus he needed assistance.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Todd Evans and deputies Aaron Hanna and Chris Rich responded . A manhunt was launched for the fleeing suspect while the two others were taken to the DPS office.

After combing the area and a few miles around it, the search was called off at 2:37 a.m. for the black male, who was last seen wearing a white shirt and dark colored jeans.

Authorities got a lucky break just after 5 a.m. when someone spotted a man in a white top and dark pants heading east on Interstate 30 and reported it to sheriff's officers. He was found near the 137 mile marker, and at 5:30 a.m. officers had the man in custody.

The suspect, Larry Eugene Livingston Jr., 20, of Clarksville, was arrested by Price for felon in possession of a firearm, evading arrest and open container in a vehicle. When he denied having a weapon and refused to tell the trooper what he'd done with it, he was also charged with tampering with evidence.

The two other occupants of the car ended up facing charges for failure to identify, as well.

Initially, the driver identified himself as Richard Mims. It was soon discovered he'd given a false name -- his real name was Malcolm Eugene Beal, 38, of Dekalb. Officers discovered his true identity after he was taken to the DPS office.

He was charged with driving without a license and failure to identify. But a records check revealed he was also wanted in Bowie County on violation of probation. The warrant to revoke probation is related to several other charges, specifically assault, burglary of a coin-operated machine and theft. Those too were added to the list of charges on his arrest sheet.

Another passenger, a 27-year-old Dekalb man, was charged with failure to identify after he admitted while being detained at the DPS office that he, too, had given the trooper a name other than his own.

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