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2/8/07-Smith County

Alleged Burglar Leads Police On High Speed Chase

An East Texas man wanted for several multi-county burglaries lead police on a high speed car chase Thursday afternoon.   Authorities say Norman Terry, 42 broke into several local VFW's and East Texas businesses.   Around 1:00 p.m., Tyler police spotted Terry in his car at the intersection of Highway 271 and 155 in Smith County.   Police say Terry refused to pull over and gave chase through Winona.  As Terry turned on FM 14, deputies say he hit another car causing the passengers minor injuries, and then ended up crashing just before I-20, which ejected him from the car.  

Terry of Whitehouse is no stranger to law enforcement. A few weeks ago, police say they found stolen cigarettes from East Texas businesses in Terry's car.   On Tuesday, while serving a parole violation warrant on Terry, tyler police discovered 105 bottles of alcohol police say were stolen from local VFW's. Both times, Terry was able to get away, but Thursday afternoon, with authorities right behind him, Terry had no were to go.

"He was in access of 100 miles per hour," said Lieutenant Craig Shelton of the Smith County Sheriff's Department. "It's a heavily traveled road and like I said our officers were just trying to keep him inside and not pressure him, but once he hit the car then we went and ahead and got after him." The Smith County Sheriff's Department says the passengers in the car Terry hit suffered minor injuries. Local law enforcement agencies say they are happy Terry is finally in custody.

"The VW, we are getting calls on that," said Smith County Constable Dennis Terry. "People are upset about the VFW's being broken into and the more I checked into the more I saw gosh he's wanted by everybody in the country, Hopkins County, Wood County, and Upshur County." Terry's arrest is good news for many in the area especially the Lindale VFW, broken into twice.

"It was such a saddening effect that it took me several minutes before I could even start calling people," said Jim Rucks, Quarter Master for Lindale VFW. Terry's a man, the sheriff's department says will comfort many knowing he's off the streets.

The Smith County Sheriff's Department says Terry faces several burglary charges, a parole violation and evading arrest charge. His condition is unknown, but police say he was alert and talking when taken to a local hospital.

Molly Reuter, reporting.


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