East Texas man leads law enforcement on 100+ mph chase over a TV stolen from Walmart

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A Nacogdoches man who allegedly stole a television from a Lufkin Walmart Friday must have really wanted it, as he led law enforcement on multi-county chase at speeds of 125-130 miles per hour.

But alas, 47-year-old Leslie Jackson won’t be spending time binge watching anything on Netflix this weekend, because, he was ultimately taken into custody after he taken into custody after he bailed out of his getaway car and tried to run.

As the old Lubbock, Texas, native Sonny Curtis sang Jackson sang, “fought the law, and the law won.”

Just before 6:30 Friday evening, Lufkin police were called to the store for a reported theft in progress. 

A man, later identified as Jackson had taken a television out the of the box and was walking toward the Garden Center.

Jackson had a chance. He just didn’t take it. Loss prevention attempted to stop him, but no – he just kept on moving…and was already in the parking lot when the officer showed up. 

The officer attempted to speak Jackson, but regrettably, Jackson told the officer that he had already cleared things with the store, and continued to walk away.

Jackson then got into a maroon Chevy Cruze with a female passenger and, ignoring police, took off out of the parking lot at a high rate of speed.

Driving through the Sam’s parking lot around Outback Steakhouse, Jackson turned right on Daniel McCall Street.  He then took a left on College Street and a right on South First Street. 

Dash-cam footage shows Jackson made a U-turn on South First Street and continued north, reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph. 

The pursuit continued on U.S. 59 north, with speeds reaching 125-130 miles per hour, as Jackson weaved in and out of traffic. 

As the pursuit entered Nacogdoches County, several Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s deputies  attempted to spike the vehicle, but channeling Mario Andretti, Jackson veered, crossed the median and drove north in the southbound lanes for a while, then reentering the northbound lanes.   

Jackson continued on U.S. 59 and turned right on Country Road 522 before bailing out the car and running behind 1048 Country Road 522, where he was caught by another Lufkin Police officer and taken into custody.

The passenger got out and waited in a driveway for officers.   

Visibly shaken, the passenger told officers she had been trying to get out of the car because she was frightened.  

A Texas Department of Safety Trooper told the LPD officer he noticed the woman trying to get out of the vehicle when Jackson had slowed down and that she seemed to be in distress. 

The woman told officers Jackson had picked her up to take her home, but asked if she would go to Walmart with him first. 

Officers do not believe she was involved in the theft.  

Jackson was taken to the Nacogdoches County Jail on a warrant for criminal nonsupport. A charge of third-degree-felony evading arrest with a previous conviction is pending.

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