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Three Arrested After Multi-County Pursuit and Forgery Incident in Mount Vernon

Authorities arrested three individuals following a multi-county pursuit that began after an attempted forgery incident on Monday afternoon, February 26.

The pursuit initiated when Franklin County received reports of a dark-colored 2024 Ford Expedition involved in attempting to pass a forged $6,000 check at a Lone Star bank. Officers from Morris County spotted the vehicle, but it refused to stop. Eventually, assistance from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was sought to aid in the pursuit.

Despite efforts from law enforcement, the vehicle managed to evade capture, last seen speeding along Hwy 67 near Mt. Vernon. However, Franklin County units located the vehicle in Mt. Vernon on Hwy 37 near I-30 and attempted to stop it.

The pursuit continued south on TX-37 with Franklin County deputies, Mt. Vernon officers, Winnsboro Police, and DPS joining in. The vehicle eventually stopped on Hwy 11 West in Winnsboro, where two occupants fled on foot while the driver remained in the pickup. All three suspects were apprehended and transported to the Franklin County Jail.

The arrested individuals were identified as Lucious Felder, 34, of Lauderhill, Florida; Courtney Coney, 39, of Plantation, Florida; and Trisha Briggs, 43, from Dallas.

Further investigations revealed that the suspects had burglarized several vehicles in Camp County over the weekend and were using stolen identification to forge checks.

The trio faces charges including Evading Arrest, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, Forgery of a Financial Instrument, and Theft over $30,000 across multiple counties. Each suspect is currently held on $650,000 bond at the Franklin County Jail, with the possibility of additional charges pending.

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