Driver Who Evaded Police Linked to String of Burglaries, LIVINGSTON, October 14, 2010 - On October 9, 2010 the Polk County Sheriff's Office received information from a resident in the Big Sandy area, advising that a white male stopped at their residence and stated that he was running from law enforcement, and requested to use the telephone. The caller advised that the white male was driving a maroon Chevrolet truck and had left the residence driving toward FM-943 in the Segno area. The truck matched the description of a truck that was stolen during a burglary that occurred the previous night in the Longhorn Valley Subdivision.
Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and State Game Wardens traveled to the area to attempt to locate the vehicle. Trooper Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol spotted the vehicle on FM-943 driving toward US-146. Bass determined that the vehicle was the stolen truck and tried to pull the vehicle over. Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office and State Game Wardens came to assist. The driver refused to stop and a chase ensued. In an effort to evade police, the vehicle left the roadway during the chase and drove into a wooded area located south of FM-943 near Highway 146.
A manhunt was initiated. The Sheriff's Office dispatched a canine tracking unit and was assisted by canines from Texas Department of Corrections. The combined effort from all agencies involved in the manhut resulted in the apprehension of Christopher Shane Bledsoe, 24, of Livingston. Once in custody, detectives with the Sheriff's Office began interviewing Bledsoe. The result of the investigation linked Bledsoe to a string of burglaries (approximately 13) that have occurred over the past three weeks in the subdivisions of Oak Terrace, Weaver's Cove, Lake Livingston Estates 2&3, and Longhorn Valley. The subdivisions are all located off FM-3126. Several thousand dollars in stolen electronics that were sold by Bledsoe in the Livingston area have been recovered. Christopher Shane Bledsoe remains incarcerated in the Polk County Jail at this time.
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