3 Crockett men lead deputies on chase

Friday, September 28, 2012 - 4:02pm

Three East Texas men are behind bars after leading law enforcement on a car chase in Houston County.

On Wednesday, the Houston County Sheriff's Office was alerted to suspicious activity taking place near the intersection of FM 2076 and CR 2065. The caller told authorities he had seen two vehicles on his property-- an unoccupied red truck and a silver car with several people in it. The driver sped away when he realized they had been spotted.

Responding deputies found a vehicle matching the description with three men inside on CR 2135 at FM 229.

Officials tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver fled and later stopped in a private drive just off FM 229, where two of the passenger bailed out. The driver stayed in the vehicle with three small children. The suspects were located moments before tracking dogs were deployed.

The driver was identified as Cory McCowan, age 25, of Crockett. McCowan was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, engaging in organized criminal activity and false report to a peace officer. His bonds total at $24,000.

Also charged were Courtney Hamilton, age 27, of Crockett, and Patrick Deshone Batts, age 17, of Crockett. They were both charged with unauthorized use of motor vehicle, engaging organized criminal activity and evading arrest. Each of their bonds total $24,000.

The charge for unauthorized use of a vehicle was due to evidence linking the suspects to the red Dodge Durango which had been reported stolen back in August 2012.

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