On Friday, June 6, shortly before midnight, officers with the Crockett Police Department were notified of a high speed vehicle pursuit that was heading toward Crockett, reported CPD Sgt. Clayton Smith. Officers with the department positioned their patrol units to help divert the driver around the West Loop 304 away from the populated areas of the City of Crockett.
"Due to the driver's erratic driving he blew through the road block nearly striking an officer and continued to flee," Smith alleged. "The driver and his passengers were able to gain some ground on the officers pursuing and later stopped the vehicle and fled on foot. Additional units from the Crockett Police Department were notified and responded to the location."
Smith continued, "The area was flooded with officers from the Crockett Police Department, Houston County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Crockett Fire Department and Huntsville Police Department."
Approximately three hours later the suspects were located, after a concerned citizen called in reporting that two suspicious male subjects stopped him and asked, "Where are we at?"
That citizen called the HCSO to report the incident and that alerted officers to the suspect's location, Smith explained.
"Officers with the Crockett Police Department made contact with four black male subjects that were found hiding behind a residence in the 700 block of Terrell St. in Crockett," Smith said. The suspects later were identified as three male juveniles from Houston and one adult male (Derrick Patterson, 17, B/M) from Houston, according to Smith's statement.
Crockett Police Department detectives were called to the scene to interview the four suspects. After further investigation the three juvenile males were transported to the Anderson County Juvenile Detention Center in Palestine and Patterson was transported to the Houston County Jail.
Charges include Evading Arrest or Detention, Theft of Firearm, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The suspects also have charges pending out of Walker and Trinity Counties.