In a dramatic incident on Tuesday, October 3rd, law enforcement agencies collaborated to apprehend two suspects following a high-speed chase that ended near Carthage. The pursuit, initiated by Shelby County units, saw Panola County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) and Texas Highway Patrol Troopers responding to the situation.
The chase, which began on FM 699, escalated when the fleeing vehicle turned left onto County Road 405 at 4:14 PM. Deputy Haley Baker strategically placed spike strips at the intersection of CR 405 and FM 2517, causing the suspect's vehicle to lose control after hitting the spikes. The driver then turned right onto FM 2517, but due to deflated tires, their movement was severely restricted. Continuing the pursuit, Sergeant Calahan Malone and Deputy Hunter Gray followed the vehicle as it turned left back onto FM 699.
However, at 4:18 PM, the suspect's car ended up in a ditch near CR 4053. The passenger attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended shortly afterward.
The driver, identified as Luis Alberto Escobedo of Tenaha, TX, and the passenger, Gustavo Angel Pallares of Center, TX, were taken into custody without further incident. During a search of the suspects and the vehicle, law enforcement officers discovered and confiscated three firearms, one of which was reported stolen, along with cocaine, Xanax, marijuana, and a significant amount of US currency.
Escobedo faces multiple charges, including evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, possession of controlled substances (PG 1 and 3), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of a firearm, and unlawfully carrying a weapon. Pallares has been charged with evading arrest/detention, possession of controlled substances (PG 1 and 3), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of a firearm, and unlawfully carrying a weapon.