A Tyler man is in custody Saturday Apr. 15, 2017 after Tyler police said he nearly ran an officer over while attempting to escape arrest.
Police said just before 2 p.m., they received a call from the Walmart on 5050 Troup Hwy about a man attempting to fraudulently return property at the Customer Service counter.
When officers arrived, they said 25-year-old Deaveron Dean got into his vehicle to leave the scene. When police told the suspect to get out from behind the wheel, they said he drove at an officer who was forced to take evasive action.
Officers said they located the vehicle in the Woods Subdivision on Lazy Creek that was abandoned.
A perimeter was set up with the assistance of Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, University of Texas Police. A Tyler Police k-9 arrived on the scene to attempt to track the suspect in a heavily wooded area north of Bascom Road and the Woods subdivision.
Just before 4 p.m., officers said they spotted him again returning to the area where he had left his vehicle near Bent Ridge and Lazy Creek.
After a foot chase Dean was taken into custody.
Police said Dean has several warrants out for his arrest from previous offenses which include burglary of a vehicle, failure to identify as a fugitive, public intoxication, theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and a second offense for evading arrest. He was charged with those old offenses Saturday.
Police said charges incurred today include aggravated assault on a peace officer, evading in a vehicle, fleeing on foot from police. possession of a stolen firearm and Felon possession of a stolen firearm.