Deputy injured during escape attempt

Mark Hilton

In an attempt to arrest a wanted man who escaped from his custody, a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy suffered a broken arm.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, deputies with the Jefferson County Fugitive Warrant Division attempted to serve a warrant on Mark Hilton in the 6300 block of Easy Street in Port Arthur. Hilton had a burglary of a habitation warrant. According to a JCSO press release, upon seeing the deputies, Hilton attempted to use a small child to hamper his arrest. Deputies were able to get the child away from. Hilton and place him under arrest. Hilton appeared to be under the influence of an unknown substance, the press release said.

While transporting Hilton to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility in the area of Alice Street and Bobby Street in Port Arthur, Hilton worked his handcuffs to the front of his body while in the backseat of the transport vehicle. He kicked out the rear vehicle window and leapt from the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The warrant officer called for assistance and immediately gave chase. He attempted to deploy his Taser, which caused Hilton to stop and fall to the ground. Hilton then sprang to his feet and began running again. Deputy Richie Droddy continued to give chase and tackled him to the ground. During the struggle, Deputy Droddy broke his arm but continued to struggle to apprehend the subject until backup units arrived. The Port Arthur Police Department provided assistance.

Mark Hilton is in Jefferson County Correctional Facility on charges of resisting arrest/search/transport ($2,500 bond), escape causing bodily injury ($25,000), aggravated assault on a public servant ($50,000), criminal mischief – Class A ($2,500), burglary of habitation ($20,000), and failure to appear (no bond).

— JCSO press release