Wesley Lawton (Source: Marion County Sheriff's Department)
Helene Lawton (Source: Marion County Sheriff's Department)
MARION CO., TX (KSLA) -
A convicted felon fresh out of jail is facing numerous new charges, after a chase and manhunt in the woods of East Texas ended when he was found under a pile of laundry at his mother's house.
Marion County Sheriff David McKnight says 44-year-old Wesley Lawton was warned upon his release from jail two weeks ago following his arrest in connection with a family disturbance not to go near the mother of his child.
Deputies were called to the woman's home Wednesday night when he allegedly showed up there anyway. When officers arrived, McKnight says Lawton tried to get away in a stolen vehicle.
In the course of the chase, the Sheriff says Lawton sideswiped a deputy's vehicle, wrecked the stolen car and took off into the woods near Texas Street and Victory School Road. The search continued, with assistance from Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas DPS helicopters, until around 3 a.m. Friday.
McKnight says his deputies learned Lawton was hiding out at his mother's house near FM 729 and Victory Road, and took him into custody later Friday morning without incident.
Lawton, whom McKnight describes as a multiple felony offender, now faces several charges, including possession of a stolen vehicle and firearm, evading arrest and aggravated assault on a public servant. His mother, Helene Lawton also face charges for harboring a fugitive.
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