Thursday, May 2, 2013
Authorities still searching for man in McKinney who ran from police Friday
Police say the penalties the suspect faces are "much steeper" since he fled.
MCKINNEY A man who evaded Texas Department of Public Safety authorities and McKinney police late Friday night has still not been found.
A DPS trooper made a traffic stop in McKinney "for equipment violations" on the suspect's vehicle, Sgt. Lonny Haschel of DPS confirmed Monday evening. The driver failed to identify himself then fled from his vehicle.
Authorities could not confirm the suspect's identity, just that he is a male. They could not provide any more information regarding the stop or why such an extensive search was initially conducted.
The trooper gave chase, and McKinney police aided in the search on the city's east side. Authorities also enlisted a helicopter and K9 unit to help with the search, said Sgt. Chad Barker of McKinney PD.
"He was not located even after such efforts," Haschel said Monday. "We have an idea of who it is, so we're now trying to track him down through our investigation."
DPS authorities are leading the investigation, which Haschel said Thursday afternoon was still ongoing. He said that in these situations, DPS reviews any evidence left behind and goes from there. All other procedures for finding the suspect are "law enforcement sensitive," he said.
"Now the suspect's situation is two-fold," he added. "The penalties are much steeper because he chose to flee."
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