Sheriff's deputies' pursuit leads to one arrest, recovery of stolen truck

Brandon Martinez

Orange County Sheriff's deputies arrested a Hutto resident late on June 29 after a witness in pursuit of a stolen truck called to report the vehicle theft.

According to a news release from OCSO, the sheriff's officer received a 911 call in reference to a truck stolen from the Crawdad’s convenient store parking lot on North Highway 62 in Mauriceville at about 11:40 p.m. The caller reportedly told dispatch they had observed the theft and were following the stolen 2006 GMC.

As deputies responded to the area, one passed the stolen truck on North Highway 62 headed southbound. As the deputy activated the emergency lights, the driver of the stolen truck began to attempt to evade the deputy, turning down a driveway to a residence. The suspect then drove the truck behind the residence and exited the vehicle. The deputy was able to gain on the suspect as the man fled on foot, catching up to him and ordering him to stop. When the suspect continued to flee, the deputy used a Taser on the man and brought him into custody, OCSO reports. The caller who owned the truck arrived on the scene shortly after the suspect was detained and said she did not know the man.

The suspect was identified as 32-year-old Brandon Martinez of Hutto. Martinez was transported to the Orange County Jail where he was booked for unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest. His bond was set at $14,500, and he remained in custody at the time of the release.