Officers find man who fled traffic stop hiding under house

Steve Nash
Early Police Department

Early police, assisted by sheriff’s deputies, found a man who fled from a traffic stop Tuesday morning hiding under a house and took him into custody. 

The suspect had been driving a vehicle which was reported stolen in Wyoming.

Jeffery Whitehead, 29, of Early, was booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of evading arrest with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle, jail records state.

According to an email from Early police:

Early officer Andres Contreras attempted to stop a 2014 Toyota Venza for speeding on Lucus Drive around 11 a.m. When the officer turned on the vehicle the driver sped up in an attempt to elude the officer.

The vehicle went through several residential neighborhood and pulled behind a house on Yucca Tree Drive. Contreras pulled in behind the vehicle and learned the driver had made his way under the house. The driver did not live at the residence but did know the occupants.

Other officers arrived from the Early Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office. Officers removed the siding from different spots around the house and were able to see the driver, identified as Whitehead.

Whitehead then surrendered and came out from under the house.

The vehicle Whitehead was driving had Idaho license plates. After further investigation, officers learned the vehicle had been reported stolen that morning to Casper, Wyo. police but hadn’t been entered as a stolen vehicle at that time.

In an unrelated incident, deputy Kelly Marsh was dispatched early Tuesday morning to a report of a burglary in progress, and the suspect got away on a motorcycle as deputies tried to stop him.

The man who was identified as the suspect, Cory McCorkle, 31, of Brownwood, was in custody in the jail Wednesday afternoon, but had not been booked. Sheriff’s Capt. Vance Hill confirmed via text message that McCorkle was in custody in connection with the Tuesday morning incident.

McCorkle had been arrested on misdemeanor warrants earlier this month, jail records state. McCorkle had been taken into custody after initially eluding a deputy, by allegedly riding away on a motorcycle at high speed, sheriff’s officials said then. McCorkle bonded out of jail after that arrest.

In Tuesday’s incident, according to Marsh’s report:

Marsh was dispatched at 4:17 a.m. to a residence on Matthew Trey Lane, where a woman said she came home and found a man sleeping in her bed. The woman said she woke up the man, and he left on a motorcycle.

Marsh and Early police Sgt. Steven Means located the suspect at Highway 279 and Field Drive and ordered him off the motorcycle. The suspect rode away, and deputies lost sight of him as he rode through a field.

Jail log

Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. Wednesday were:

Maxwell Appley, 24, Lafette, La., possession of a controlled substance.

Dequon Cole, 21, Brownwood, theft.

Mary Culp, 36, Brownwood, injury to elderly.

Codi Fuller, 34, Brownwood, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Juan Garcia III, 30, Brownwood, harassment.

Jennifer Jolly, 44, Brownwood, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance.

Daniel Lewis, 26, Brownwood, continued violence against the family.