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Juveniles held after chase; third suspect still at large

By Chris Edwards
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CORRIGAN – Two juveniles are in custody and facing felony charges, while a third is at large following a high-speed chase in Corrigan.

The incident occurred on the night of Thursday, Jan. 4. At approximately 10 p.m., an officer with the Corrigan Police Department noticed a silver 2009 Buick four-door car with three occupants traveling north on North Home Street (U.S. 59). The vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed and had a defective driver-side brake light.

According to a news release from Corrigan PD, the officer initiated a traffic stop, but the vehicle increased its speed. The car continued north on U.S. 59 to Piney Creek, where the driver made a U-turn and proceeded south on the highway, refusing to stop.

The pursuit continued for two miles south of the Corrigan city limits, where the officer’s patrol vehicle collided with the Buick. All three occupants of the car fled into the wooded area on the west side of the highway. Despite subsequent efforts by law enforcement personnel from Corrigan PD, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Highway Patrol, the suspects were not found.

Shortly after the agencies’ search efforts concluded, a Corrigan PD officer who was working part-time at a plant in Corrigan notified police about the presence of suspicious individuals on the plant’s premises. Corrigan PD and Polk County Sheriff’s Office officers responded and found that plant personnel had already detained two of the suspects. The third suspect is still at large as of press time.

The two suspects who were taken into custody will be charged with felony evading and trespassing, but further charges may be filed, according to Corrigan PD. The case is still under investigation.

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