GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man is still at large, after he escaped from the custody of Gregg County authorities Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities are looking for 31-year-old Michael Fagan who was picked up Tuesday afternoon on drug charges. But, as sheriff officials were walking him into the jail, Fagan took off, still in handcuffs!
It all started with a massive ground search. Law enforcement was camped out at every corner and drove every alley downtown, looking for Fagan.
"He managed to get away from one of the transporting deputies in the sally port at the South Jail," said Gregg County Sheriff's Deputy, Mike Claxton. "The suspect was cuffed behind his back during transport to the sally port. He managed to move the cuffs to the front of him. So, when he got out the deputy was unable to obtain him. He was able to flee on foot."
Fagan had just been picked up on drug charges on Highway 42, near Interstate 20 when he was arrested Tuesday. His jail wrap sheet shows he has "evaded" and "resisted" arrest several times in the past. We even found an escape charge on him back in 1995, along with a laundry list of other crimes.
"He is a parole violator," said Claxton. "He does have some violent crime history."
At one point during the search, authorities thought they had Fagan cornered and caught in Kilgore, but it turned out they ended up catching another suspect whom officials say swallowed drugs when cornered.
Now, the search continues from streets to businesses in two East Texas towns to get a escapee behind bars.
"We're making sure the public is safe and the businesses are safe and we're affecting those searches trying to apprehend this suspect," said Claxton.