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POLICE: Man attempts to flee Kilgore officers on bicycle, foot before being caught

Police added that five suspects have attempted to flee Officer Joey Johnston, who is in "near Olympic shape." All five suspects were apprehended.
Credit: Gregg County Jail
Previous mugshot of Robert Whitehead

KILGORE, Texas — The Kilgore Police Department arrested a suspect who allegedly attempted to evade officers on a bicycle and later by foot.

According to KPD, an officer attempted to stop the suspect at about 9:50 a.m. in the areas of Fritz Swanson Road and Peavine Road. The suspect first tried to flee on bicycle. However, the suspect, identified as 58-year-old Robert Whitehead, eventually abandoned the bicycle and fled into a wooded area.

Credit: Kilgore Police Department
Bike allegedly used by Robert Whitehead during incident

Additional officers and a K-9 unit were called in to assist in the search. 

KPD says Whitehead eventually made it back to where the officer originally encountered him and entered a home. Two officers and a homeowner carefully entered the home. Afterwards, Whitehead began to flee officers once again.

According to police, one officer chased down Whitehead while a second cut him off with a patrol vehicle.

Kilgore police says Chief Todd Hunter also pursued the suspect but "came in a distant third in this race."

Whitehead was charged with evading and fail to identify. He also faces charges on two city warrants and a parole warrant.

Police added that five suspects have attempted to flee Officer Joey Johnston, who is in "near Olympic shape." All five suspects were apprehended.