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Celeste Man Led Authorities On Vehicle, Then Foot Pursuit From Sulphur Springs Into Rural Hopkins County

A Celeste man led authorities on a vehicle pursuit into rural Hopkins County, then a foot pursuit before being caught later Tuesday morning, Dec. 27, 2022, according to arrest reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Department initiated a vehicle pursuit of a man in a pickup before 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. When the chase continued out of the city, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Officers joined in the pursuit. The vehicle chase continued onto Hopkins County Road 4720, where the truck was driven into a pasture, then became stuck in a ditch. The man driving took off running, eluding authorities, sheriff’s officers noted in arrest reports.

Joshua Terry Ford
(2022 HCSO jail photo)

Authorities later received confirmation the truck had been stolen from Dallas. The license plate on the pickup belonged to a different, but similar truck registered to an individual in Greenville, Texas.

As HCSO deputies were in the process of impounding the stolen truck, an individual who leased the property where the truck was abandoned for hunting approached them, reporting his cellular game cameras had captured a photo of a person on the property: a person wearing a camouflaged jacket, gray pants and red shoes.

After the vehicle was removed from the ditch, sheriff’s officers began searching the area, looking for the pursuit suspect. HCSO Chief Investigator Corley Weatherford and Investigator Shea Shaw spotted a vehicle pulling into a residential driveway on County Road 4725. As they drew near, the investigators reported a man in the back seat in the same clothing seen on the camera. The 29-year-old Celeste man was taken into custody at 9:47 a.m. Dec. 27, 2022, at the CR 4725 address by Weatherford and Shaw, the HCSO officers noted in arrest reports.

Deputy Kevin Lester transported Joshua Terry Ford to Hopkins County jail, where he confessed during an interview to evading authorities in the stolen truck, deputies alleged in arrest reports. Ford was booked into Hopkins County jail at 11:31 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022, on an unauthorized use of a vehicle charges, as well as city charges for failure to maintain financial responsibility and speeding. SSPD officers completed an offense report accusing the man of evading arrest or detention with the truck, which jail reports show he was charged on later Tuesday, according to arrest and jail reports.

The Celeste man remained in the county jail Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022; his bond was set at $100,000 each on the evading arrest or detention and unauthorized use of vehicle charges, according to HCSO jail records. Fees owed on the traffic offenses totaled $877.50, according to arrest reports. publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. You can reach them for non-emergency matters at (903) 438-4040.

Author: KSST Contributor

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