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Lufkin , Texas —– Lufkin Police & Fire released dash cameras video of yesterday’s pursuit with Wharton, Texas, bank robbery suspect LeEdward Hopkins.
The following is taken from the in-car videos of LPD Officer Cody Deal and Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman. Top speeds during the chase reached more than 130 mph. Hopkins died after losing control of his vehicle following a tire spike near Woodland Hills Golf Course in Nacogdoches.
An undisclosed amount of cash and a loaded pistol with additional magazines were located in Hopkins’ vehicle.
The men robbed a Wharton,Texas, bank around 11:30 a.m yesterday at gunpoint and fled the area.
DPS received information around 7 p.m. that Hopkins was traveling through Lufkin on Loop 287 in a black Dodge Challenger R/T. Officer Deal initiated a traffic stop on Hopkins’ vehicle around 7:10 p.m., but Hopkins refused to pull over.
Additional agencies, including Constable Selman, joined the U.S. 59 north chase. The officer and constable told Hopkins to stop the vehicle using their vehicle PA systems, but again he refused.
Constable Selman also attempted to shoot out one of Hopkins’ tires (around the 1:10 minute mark as the suspect vehicle passes him just after the failed spike – you can hear the pop) but was not successful.
Hopkins’ co-conspirator Tony Mitchell, 42, of Houston, remains at large. He was not with Hopkins at the time of the crash.
No one else was injured in the pursuit.
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