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A manhunt began in the Cartwright area early Wednesday evening when a man driving a pickup hit a Denison, Texas, police officer with the truck and then led him on a chase.


The suspect bailed out on foot in Cartwright and officers from several agencies searched for him throughout the evening. Bryan County Sheriff Ken Golden said the search was called off at 10 p.m. Wednesday.


According to Golden, Denison authorities expect the man eventually will go back home. The incident began after a traffic stop in Denison. The driver stopped but then hit the officer, who was not seriously injured, with the pickup.


In other crimes, two people have been charged in separate drug offenses.


Leah Beth Brown, 29, Denison, and Christopher Lee Dillard, 26, Durant, have been charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.


Brown was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop by Calera police officers Zach McIntyre and Keith Barfield. According to an affidavit, the officers saw a vehicle in the parking lot of the Peanut Shoppe and McIntyre asked the woman in the front seat, later identified as Brown, if she was OK. She said the battery had died and she asked for a jump start.


Barfield asked if there were any illegal drugs in the vehicle and Brown consented to a search, the affidavit states. Police found digital scales with a powder residue on them in a backpack.


According to the affidavit, Barfield then asked Brown if she had anything in her pockets. She removed a plastic container that held several small baggies of a crystal-like substance, and she also possessed a green, leafy substance.


The affidavit states Brown said she planned to sell the drugs. She also was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Dillard was arrested after Durant Police Patrolman Josh Williams was dispatched last week to the 700 block of South Second Avenue to investigate a call about someone possibly attempting to burglarize vehicles.


According to an affidavit released Wednesday, Williams found a man, later identified as Dillard, who matched the description of the suspect. He was standing outside next to a yard table and there were several items on the table that Dillard said were his.


Williams arrested Dillard for public intoxication. According to the affidavit, a dispatcher then informed Williams that Dillard had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear for drug court. One of the items on the table was a box that contained approximately 8 grams of a crystal-like substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.


Dillard was booked into jail.


The Durant Police Department has investigated thefts and burglaries recently.


Brian Acuna told Master Patrol Officer Shane Walker that his Samsung Galaxy phone was stolen from his pickup parked in the 400 block of East Jones Street. The vehicle was unlocked and the windows were rolled down at the time of the theft, according to the report.


Master Patrol Officer Brian Chavez investigated the burglary of Travis Vaughn’s home in the 700 block of South 13th Avenue. According to the report, Vaughn said nothing was taken, however, prior to that, an XBox video game system had been stolen from the living room and an iPhone was taken out of his truck that was parked in the driveway.


Chavez investigated another burglary in the 900 block of East Evergreen Street. Bonnie Murray said her laptop computer had been stolen. An investigation led to the arrest of Larry Durant, 26, who had a key to the residence. The laptop and also a video game system were recovered. Durant was charged with second-degree burglary.


Two refrigerators, a range stove and two window blinds were stolen from Walt Rambo’s rent house in the 1400 block of West Locust Street. There was no sign of forced entry, according to a report by Patrolman Billy Thomas.


Patrolman Jared McCreary investigated a burglary at M & P Auctions, 2202 S. Ninth Ave. Vernon Smith told McCreary that a sliding door on the auction storage building had been forced open and that two double doors on the main building had been removed from the hinges. The only thing taken was a portable public-address system. A window was broken on a pickup stored in one of the buildings.


Sandra Helms told Master Patrol Officer Chavez that her daughter’s Emerson flute was stolen out of her vehicle’s trunk somewhere in Durant. There was no sign of forced entry and the victim did not know where or when the theft occurred.

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