Arson suspect back in jail after fleeing traffic stop, crashing into fence

A 29-year-old Paris man is in the Lamar County Jail for the second time in less than a week after fleeing from a police officer who tried to pull him over for a traffic violation.

Johnathan James Dunken

Johnathan James Dunken

Police department spokesman Curtis Garrett said Johnathan James Dunken, who is 6-1, 170 pounds and lives at 933 W. Sherman St., was observed about 9:30 Saturday night, running a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Pine Bluff Street.

Dunken is one of two individuals who were arrested three days earlier in connection with burglary of a van, burglary of a building and both the building and the vehicle being torched. Dunken was booked into jail at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday and was released about two and a half hours later after making a total of $30,000 bond.

Saturday, when the officer tried to stop Dunken’s vehicle, Garrett said, Dunken failed to pull over and instead raced east on Pine Bluff.

The officer pursued the vehicle to the 300 block of Northeast 20th Street, where the vehicle skidded out of control and collided with two Oncor Energy junction boxes and a chain link fence, near La Familia Restaurant.

Dunken was arrested and charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, and it was later discovered that he had a previous conviction for evading arrest with a vehicle, so the new charge was enhanced to a third-degree felony. Dunken was booked into county jail at 2:13 a.m. Sunday, and bond was set at $10,000.

Lamar County Sheriff’s Dept. arrests, bookings July 11-12

Jordan Vaughn Edwards, 20, Driving w/ License Invalid, Violate Promise to Appear (Uniform Act), Consumption of Alcohol (Minor), Minor in Possession of Alcoholic Beverage

sheriffJennifer Necole Circles, 28, Assault Causing Bodily Injury – Family Member

Dearius Grigsby Hawthorn, 20, Criminal Mischief >=$50 <$500

Danny Rochon, 19, Forgery Financial Instrument

Dante Romain Jimerson, 32, Forgery Financial Instrument, Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

Jordan Donald Toler, 20, Attempt to Commit Theft of Property >$100K

William Michael Hornbuckle, 34, Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g Drug Free Zone

Brian Randall Brown, 42, Speeding (Exceeding Prima Facie Limit)

Paris PD adult arrests made on Thursday, July 11

Brian Randall Brown, 42, Speeding

Police-DepartmentDearius D. Hawthorne, 20, Criminal Mischief

Heather Necole Meeks, 28, Assault Causing Bodily Injury

Shereka Lashon Scales, 34, Open Container

Samuel Vernon Taylor, 38, Open Container, Failure to Appear (Non-Traffic)

Rickey Joe Tyson, 48, Public Intoxication

Katy Marie Westbrook, 23, Failure to Display DL, Motor Vehicle Inspection, Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Driving w/ License Invalid, Theft Under $50

Crime Stoppers seek public’s help in solving rural residential break-in, fire

crimestoppers logoLamar County Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help in the investigation of a residential burglary on Monday just off Farm Market Road 1497 in southeast Lamar County.

The Lamar County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in and burglary of several items, after which the residence was set on fire, causing extensive damage to the interior.

Taken in the burglary were several firearms, Blue Ray players, a Cub Cadet riding law mower, a welder, men’s and women’s jewelry, and miscellaneous other items.

Anyone with information about this or any other felony can contact Crime Stoppers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and remain anonymous. Contact can be made in four ways:

  1. Phone 903.785.8477 (TIPS)
  2. Online at www.785-tips.com
  3. Text message by adding “tip120” in front of your message and send it to “crimes” (274637)
  4. Smart phone users may download and use a new mobile app called TipSubmit. Visit www.785-tips.com for details.

Lamar County Sheriff’s Dept. arrests, bookings July 10-11

Michelle Jane Martinez, 40, Driving While Intoxicated – BAC >= 0.15

sheriffAshley Ann Owens, 27, Theft of Property >=$50 <$500

Tara Leann Hutchings, 37, Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g Drug Free Zone, Possession of Marijuana >4oz <=5lbs Drug Free Zone

Pamela Diane Roberts, 38, Theft of Property >=$50 <$500, Theft of Property >=$20 <$500 by Check

Johnathan James Dunken, 29, Arson – 2 Counts, Burglary of Building, Theft of Property >=$1500 <$20K

Eric Justin Dobbs, 35, Driving w/ License Invalid, Violate Promise to Appear (Uniform Act)

Dion Daniel Wymore, 28, Arson – 2 Counts, Burglary of Building, Theft of Property >=$1500 <$20K, Theft of Property >=$50 <$500

Daniel Christopher Bryant, 33, Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance PG 1 <1g Drug Free Zone, Possession of Marijuana >4oz <=5lbs Drug Free Zone

Quindarrius Lyons, 16, Capital Murder by Terror Threat/Other Felony Murder

Chester Wayne Christopher, 54, Driving While Intoxicated – 3rd or More, Criminal Mischief >=$500 <$1500, No Safety Belt, Open Container

Ethan Scott Grimes, 18, Driving While Intoxicated (Minor)