A search near Smith County Road 47 for two men wanted in the attempted stop of a vehicle by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper for a traffic violation was discontinued Friday evening.
Spokeswoman Jean Dark said the driver of the vehicle did not yield when a trooper attempted to make a traffic stop on Farm-to-Market Road 2661, west of the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.
Troopers pursued the vehicle along Texas Highway 64, Big Eddy Road and CR 47, also known as Bundy Road.
Smith County Precinct 1 brought in a search dog, but officers lost track of the driver, DPS Sgt. Jason Bundy said.
In the meantime, a passenger got into the driver’s seat of the vehicle and took off.
Bundy said officers believe they know who the initial driver was, and that he fled the scene because of outstanding warrants in Van Zandt and Smith counties.
The driver of the pickup, who got out and ran, is still wanted and likely will be charged with evading arrest with a motor vehicle, Bundy said.
Troopers did not release the identity of either man.
The truck was a white 2001 Dodge pickup with a white rack on the back windshield and a 4-by-4 sticker, missing the first 4.
The truck has some small tools in the bed.
Troopers said the truck left the area on CR 47 heading north.