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1 arrested, 1 at large

By David Talley | Published Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Alvord Manhunt

ALVORD MANHUNT – Officers combed an area on Speer Lane in Alvord Thursday afternoon searching for a man that jumped from a moving vehicle during a police chase. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

A Chico man was arrested Thursday afternoon and another man remains at large after a police chase through two counties.

Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said a deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on U.S. 81/287 south of Alvord around noon, but the driver fled. As the northbound pursuit reached the city limits of Alvord, the driver slowed and his passenger jumped from the vehicle in the area of Speer Lane and South Hubbard Street.

Akin said the driver sped off.

“Our (pursuing officer) told the passenger, ‘you stay right there,'” Akin said. Besides that unit, there were no others on scene at the time.

The chase continued north on 287 into Montague County, with the suspect at times driving across the median into oncoming traffic, before turning west on Bryan Road near Sunset. Akin said there the driver wrecked his vehicle and fled on foot. After a search by deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Akin said officers apprehended Shawn Payne, 29.

Shawn Payne

Payne was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, unauthorized use of a vehicle, and evading arrest detention. His bond was set at $20,000. He remained in the Wise County Jail Friday afternoon.

While Payne was being apprehended, law enforcement officers converged in Alvord on Speer Lane near where the passenger jumped out of the car. The sheriff said deputies didn’t see weapons on the subject but would consider him dangerous until they knew otherwise. A description of the man wasn’t available, Akin said.

Alvord ISD Superintendent Dr. Randy Brown said the district dismissed normally Thursday afternoon but requested a law enforcement presence at its home football games that night.

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