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12/02/03 - Tyler

Man Who Fled From Police Should Have Been in Jail

A follow up on the man who led officers on a high speed chase through two East Texas counties Monday. 29-year-old Botrick Humber was out of jail on parole, even though there was still a warrant for his arrest.

Tuesday, Smith County law enforcement say they never knew he was out of prison. Humber is accused of trying to use false identification to buy a four-wheeler at a Longview dealership.

Then, he took off when officers arrived. The chase ran from Longview, to east of Tyler when Humber's SUV finally ran off the road.

Channel 7 News has learned five warrants were issued for Humber's arrest in Smith County in August of 2001. In April, 2002, Humber was arrested in Irving for attempted fraud. Four of the five local warrants were cleared by that arrest. 

He was sentenced to three years on the Irving charges, but was paroled in September of this year. Trouble is: one Smith County warrant for theft was still outstanding. 

The Smith County Sheriff's department says authorities in the Metroplex never told them Humber was transferred to prison. If they had known, they would have picked him up on his parole date.

Humber is accused of identity theft to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.

Reported by Morgan Palmer.

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