Month: September 2018

DPS: Elkhart man found in truck submerged in Angelina River

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) investigated this afternoon a one-vehicle crash on State Highway 21, at the Angelina River.

The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 12:30 p.m., Troopers were notified of a submerged vehicle in the Angelina River. During their investigation, Troopers determined a 2012 Ford pickup was traveling west, and for reasons that have not been determined at this point, the pickup drove off the roadway to the right and rolled over into the River.

The pickup and the driver were recovered from the water. The driver is identified as 36-year-old Joshua Dillard from Elkhart, TX.

Dillard was pronounced dead at the scene by a Nacogdoches County Justice of the Peace.

Investigators continue to work to determine the time of the crash.

This crash remains under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.


Escapee captured near Trinity

Bobby Wood, the inmate who escaped from the Houston County Jail nine

days ago, was captured near Trinity shortly before midnight last night.

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said he received a call Friday afternoon from two men who were approached by a man who exited the woods and asked for water.

Wallace and a game warden interviewed the two men and they identified the man as Woods from a photo.

“I called everybody I could — we got the Houston County Sheriff’s Office down here, a DPS helicopter in the air, and the TDCJ search dogs out here,” Wallace said.

The dogs picked up his trail a couple times, Wallace said. But Woods had experience as a handler for search dogs when he was serving a prior prison sentence.

“He knew how to play the dogs and run them in circles, Wallace said.

The sheriff called out firefighters and others to establish a perimeter around the area where Woods had been hiding.

After dark and when temperatures had cooled down, searchers were able to use night vision equipment to spot Woods and direct officers to him.

Wallace posted a short video interview with Woods on Facebook after he was taken into custody.

“He had bites from about every kind of insect we have in East Texas,” Wallace said. “He had been drinking out of livestock tanks and other water sources, but he said he hadn’t eaten anything.”

In the video clip, one of the officers asked Woods how he was feeling.

“I’m a little tired,” Woods said.

The escapee was placed in an ambulance and returned to the Houdton County Jail, Wallace said.