Smith County Sheriff: Man wanted after evading deputies Sunday

Smith County Sheriff: Man wanted after evading deputies Sunday

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Sheriff’s Office said they are searching for a man who evaded them after a chase Sunday.

According to the sheriff’s office, 26-year old Cody Keaton Kovarik is wanted for unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest.

(Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)
(Source: Smith County Sheriff's Office)

According to the sheriff’s office, this is the second time Kovarik has fled from them.

The first time was back on November 23 after the sheriff’s office received a call about white truck that was stolen.

A deputy later pulled over the truck which was driven by Kovarik. Kovarik also had 3 minors in the vehicle with him. After running the plate of the vehicle, the deputy realized the truck was stolen. That’s when Kovarik allegedly fled on foot from the vehicle, leaving the 3 minors in the truck.

On December 9, a game warden located a vehicle on FM 14 that was registered to Kovarik and attempted to pull over the vehicle. That’s when officials say the truck began to flee from the game warden.

A chase ensued on County Road 2015 with the vehicle driving extremely recklessly at speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The chase made it’s way to 271 before ending on Pine Springs Road with the vehicle crashing into a tree. The pursuit lasted between 20 and 25 minutes.

The sheriff’s office said Kovarik than fled the vehicle on foot into a wooded area.

They said a DPS helicopter as well as the Smith County Sheriff’s Office drone were used in an attempt to locate Kovarik, but were unsuccessful.

If you know his whereabouts, please contact the Smith County Sheriff’s Office at 903-566-6600.

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