Bonham Police said a 26-year-old Sherman man was arrested on an evasion charge Monday night after allegedly leading officers on a high speed pursuit in a stolen vehicle.


A department report said the incident began at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday when a Bonham Police Department officer observed a dark-colored passenger car pull away from a curb in the 800 block of Lipscomb Street and begin traveling south without its headlights on. The report stated the officer initially followed the vehicle — which was later found to be stolen from Bob Utter Ford in Sherman — to see whether the driver would activate the lights. When the driver failed to do so, the officer initiated a traffic stop.


“They attempted to stop him and the chase was on,” Bonham Police Chief Mike Bankston said Wednesday.


According to the report, the driver of the car ran at least one stop sign and nearly caused a collision with another vehicle, before turning east on State Highway 56 and hitting speeds as high as 100 mph. After passing Windom city limits, the driver reportedly turned north onto CR 3416, where a dead end led him to drive through a barbed wire fence and onto roughly 100 acres of privately-owned pasture.


Bonham Police and Fannin County Sheriff Office deputies located the vehicle a short time later, but found it abandoned and stuck in heavy brush. Representatives of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice responded to the scene with five search dogs and three mounted corrections officers. The search team obtained the suspect’s scent from the steering wheel and a shoe left inside the car, ultimately leading officials to the man as he attempted to hide in a stand of nearby trees.


The suspect was arrested on a felony charge of evading arrest or detention in a vehicle and was taken into custody roughly two hours after the pursuit began. Bankston said he understood that the vehicle driven by the suspect was one of four cars reportedly stolen in Sherman that night, but said investigators were still working to determine whether there was a connection. The Bonham Police chief said no other arrests had been made as of Wednesday afternoon.


“I’m grateful for the assistance we got from Fannin County and from the prison system, because we probably wouldn’t have found the guy without them,” Bankston said.