Orange County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a call at 6:52 a.m. from Jasper County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a stolen 2001 Mazda they were pursuing southbound on Hwy. 87 into Orange County from Newton County. Orange County deputies responded to the area. It was reported that troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety deployed spike strips. The driver continued to drive with three disabled tires but eventually lost control of the vehicle near Medford Drive. Deputies detained a 21 year old white male from Lake Charles, La. and placed him in handcuffs.

While in the rear seat of the Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle the suspect managed to exit the vehicle and run into a wooded area near Bear Path off of Hwy 87. 

Numerous officers pursued the subject into the woods. After a thorough search of the area and further assistance from Texas DPS, Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, Orange Police Department, and the Beaumont Police Department K9 unit, the subject was spotted in a ditch full of water. 

The suspect was again detained and transported to the Orange County Correctional Facility without further incident. A bond will be set upon arraignment.

Sheriff Keith Merritt said further information will be released as it becomes available.