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June 21, 2011

Man fled like a Deere, arrested after chase

WEATHERFORD — A pursuit and manhunt that began in Parker County with a van reported stolen ended Saturday afternoon when a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper fired shots at a suspect riding a commandeered tractor.

The vehicle pursuit began shortly before 1:30 p.m. in the area of Big Salty Lane and North Comanche Trail when two deputies attempted make a traffic stop on a van, according to information from the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

After driving into the Wise County area, the driver reportedly stopped the van and fled on foot into a woody area, Sheriff Larry Fowler said.

The passenger stayed with the van and was not arrested, Fowler said.

The van had been reported stolen out of Lake Worth, according to Fowler.

Around 3 p.m., while assisting Parker and Wise county sheriff’s offices, Trooper Aldolfo Patterson out of Decatur received information that the suspect was on a farm tractor in a pasture, DPS spokesman Gary Rozzell said.

The landowner was attempting to get the man to stop, Rozzell said.

The trooper ordered the man to stop and show his hands but he did not and the tractor continued accelerating at them, according to Rozzell.

Concerned for their safety, Patterson fired one shot into the right front tire of the tractor and again ordered the man to stop, Rozzell said.

“The trooper fired two more rounds and the suspect fell to the ground but was not injured,” Rozzell said.

Timothy Ross Herring, 21, was arrested and taken into custody by Wise County, according to Rozzell.

The Democrat was unable to obtain information on any charges on Herring from the Wise County jail Tuesday afternoon.

Herring has a history of arrests in Parker County on charges including felony theft, criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license.

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