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Burglary suspects in custody after chase through Smith, Wood County

Published: Apr. 16, 2015 at 9:30 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 16, 2015 at 10:26 PM CDT
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Ashtyn Walker (Source: Smith County Jail)
Ashtyn Walker (Source: Smith County Jail)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Smith County deputies are searching for items two suspects threw out of an SUV early Thursday morning during a high-speed chase.

The chase started at a Royal Donuts on the 3200 block of West Gentry in Tyler around 2:13 a.m., and ended in Wood County on Farm to Market Road 14.

The Tyler Police Department says officers were dispatched to the doughnut shop in response to a burglary alarm. Those officers reported someone had broken into the building.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office says a deputy nearby heard the alarm at the doughnut shop and saw a black Chevrolet Tahoe pull from the parking lot and speed away. It says the deputy tried to pull the vehicle over, but the suspects sped away at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.

A second Smith County Deputy joined the pursuit, which led the officers through Smith County into Wood County, finally ending north of Hawkins. There the suspects abruptly slowed, running through a barbed wire fence, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office says the driver, 63-year-old Arthur Jenkins, of Winona, surrendered when deputies approached the vehicle. The passenger, 27-year-old Ashtyn Walker, of Tyler, exited the vehicle and began running from the deputes.

The sheriff's office says Walker was chased on food and after several minutes caught and arrested. Walker did not immediately comply with Deputy Hickey's commands and had to be subdued with a stun gun.

During the chase, deputies saw items being tossed out the passenger window of the vehicle. A jar used to collect tips at the burglarized business was found on the side of the road by another deputy, according to the sheriff's office. It says the jar contained loose cash and change. Tyler police confirmed the jar was taken from Royal Donuts.

They are each facing burglary and evading arrest charges. 

Walker was in court six days ago for a hearing on a family assault charge. He pleaded guilty to the charge in March. 

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