It wasn’t the way Erath County Sheriff’s Deputy James Moore wanted to end his day Thursday.
But just four minutes before he was officially off duty, Moore found himself in the middle of a vehicle chase - something he never expected to happen.
As Moore was pulling into his driveway in Dublin late Thursday evening, he noticed a black, Dodge dually pickup with a missing mud flap and a brake light that was out.
“He simply intended to make a quick stop and let the driver know about the problem,” Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said. “But when Deputy Moore got behind the pickup and turned on his lights, the driver took off.”
Moore pursued the dually down Highway 6 and on to County Road 344, but a dust cloud on the dirt road forced the deputy to back off.
That’s when the driver of the vehicle, Corey Scott Hammon, 33, jumped out of the dually and fled on foot. A female passenger, Cori Winn Owen, 36, took over the wheel and kept going.
After a short pursuit, Owen pulled over on County Road 345 and was taken into custody. She was arrested and charged with evading arrest and possession of marijuana.
Sheriff’s deputies and Dublin Police officers searched for Hammon, but were unable to locate him. They are still searching for the suspect.
Bryant said he believes Hammon, who has two previous charges of evading arrest, fled because he is wanted on a parole violation.
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