Home invasion suspect in Tarkington crashes car while fleeing

A 26-year-old Livingston man is expected to be charged with a home invasion next week stemming from an incident around 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the 12,000 block of SH 105 near the Spring Oaks subdivision in Tarkington.

According to Pct. 5 Constable David Hunter, a female resident was home alone when a man pulled up in her driveway and walked inside her house. The startled woman questioned the man and he reportedly responded by saying that she knew who he was and why he was there.

“She told him she didn’t know him and put her husband on the phone to talk to the man while she went into her bedroom and called 9-1-1 on a separate phone,” Hunter said.

Pct. 5 Deputy Constables Brian Bortz and James Gardiner were nearby, so they responded to the call. The female resident was shaken by the incident but not injured, so they began looking for the suspect, who had driven away from the home and his whereabouts were unknown.

In searching the neighborhood, they reportedly found him sitting in his crashed vehicle at the end of CR 2801. He had driven off the road and through the treeline before his vehicle came to a rest, Hunter said.

“They got into a confrontation with him trying to get him out of his vehicle. They had an ambulance check him out and he was taken to Texas Emergency Hospital in Cleveland,” the constable said. “At the hospital, they determined that he needed further treatment, so they kept him there.”

Unable to arrest him while he undergoes treatment, the man was released to his family. Hunter said his office is working with the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office to determine charges. He expects the man will be charged with Home Invasion and possibly Public Intoxication, and then arrested.

“He had taken some prescription medicines and had drunk a fifth of whiskey,” Hunter said. “He didn’t even know where he was.”

With no arrest at this time, the man’s name is not being released. Once that information is available, an updated article will be posted.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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