Stolen vehicle recovered, suspects arrested

Derrick Gray. Photo Source: Longview Police
Derrick Gray. Photo Source: Longview Police
Fredrick Garland. Photo Source: Longview Police
Fredrick Garland. Photo Source: Longview Police

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Released by the Tyler PD:

LONGVIEW, TX - On December 13, 2009 at around 6:18 p.m., Officer D. Stroud was off-duty and on the way to work when he spotted a stolen 2003 GMC Sierra pickup truck that he had taken a theft report on the previous day.

Officer Stroud notified dispatch that he was at Gilmer Road and West Loop 281 and marked Longview Police units responded to stop the vehicle. As officers activated their lights and sirens to signal the driver to stop, the driver failed to pull over and instead fled from officers. The two suspects occupying the stolen vehicle led officers on a pursuit from West Marshall Avenue at H.G. Mosley Parkway to the Hidden Hills Apartments at 614 Gilmer Road, where they abandoned the stolen truck and fled on foot. During the pursuit, the suspects threw a handgun out of the truck and it was recovered by officers.

One of the suspects, Derrick Demond Gray, was captured after running several hundred yards into a wooded area. The other suspect, Fredrick Deyone Garland, attempted to hide from officers by entering into an apartment without permission from the residents. Garland pled with the people inside the apartment to hide him, but they instead called police. Garland fled and attempted to enter a second apartment to hide when he was apprehended by officers.

Both Derrick Demond Gray and Fredrick Deyone Garland, were arrested and booked into the Gregg County Jail. Gray was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon (3rd degree felony) and evading arrest with a previous conviction (State jail felony). Garland was found to have several outstanding warrants for assault family violence, fail to register as a sex offender and a City traffic warrant. Garland was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (State jail felony), unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon (3rd degree felony), evading arrest with a vehicle (State jail felony), evading arrest (Class A misdemeanor) and criminal trespass (Class A misdemeanor). The change is intended to make public meetings more convenient for citizens to attend and  to give the court extra time to receive public feedback, gather research and prepare before issues are discussed and decided in court said County Judge Joel Baker.

"We want to be as available to the public as possible, and we have heard several people say from a business stand point, it is difficult to get away from work first thing on a Monday morning," Judge Baker said.

Precinct 1 Commissioner Jeff Warr said he has heard numerous requests from citizens to move the meetings to a different day.

"We want to make sure the public has time review the agenda, and we have adequate time to receive their thoughts and concerns. It is beneficial for everyone to have a little working time when they come back from the weekend," Commissioner Jeff Warr said.

Commissioners Court meets on the first floor of the Smith County Courthouse Annex at 200 E. Ferguson, Tyler, Texas 75702.