A 29-year-old Anderson County man who successfully eluded authorities last week was taken into custody Monday morning during a traffic stop in the northern end of the county.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said four representatives of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office were en route to a residence in the Montalba area shortly before 9:30 a.m. Monday in an effort to locate 29-year-old Dennis L. Eggleston when they observed a black Chevrolet Suburban believed to belong to his girlfriend.

“We got a tip that he was at his girlfriend’s residence off of (FM) 860,” Taylor said. “We were headed to the house and they made a traffic stop in a vehicle they thought he might be in and he was.”

Eggleston has been charged with evading arrest in Anderson County and previously had a felony warrant for his arrest on the charge of evading arrest with a motor vehicle out of Henderson County.

Also arrested Monday morning and charged with harboring a known fugitive were Frankie Ray Eggleston, 42, the brother of Dennis Eggleston, and Brandi Odom, who is believed to be the girlfriend of Dennis Eggleston.

Frankie Ray Eggleston was driving the Suburban Monday morning when it was stopped by authorities, while Odom, who is in her 30s according to authorities, was a passenger.

Frankie Ray Eggleston additionally was charged with the misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces.

A 1-year-old boy, who is believed to be the child of Dennis Eggleston and Brandi Odom, also was in the vehicle at the time of Monday morning’s traffic stop.

Anderson County sheriff’s deputy John Smith said Child Protective Services took custody of the child.

Chief Deputy Troy Black; investigators Larry Warrick and Wendell Wilcher; and Smith all participated in Monday’s arrests, the sheriff stated.

“I’m very glad he’s (Dennis Eggleston) in custody without further incident,” Taylor said. “Sooner or later, he’d run again if he got the chance and maybe hurt somebody this time.”

Shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday, Anderson County sheriff’s authorities went to 5J Trucking on U.S. 79 East, approximately 1 mile east of the Palestine city limits, to serve an arrest warrant on Dennis Eggleston on the evading arrest with a motor vehicle charge out of Henderson County.

As two deputies arrived at the business in an unmarked vehicle, Taylor said Dennis Eggleston, who is an employee at the trucking business, fled into the woods on foot.

Tracking dogs from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice; the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office; and the Palestine Police Department responded to the area and unsuccessfully searched for Eggleston for five hours, according to the sheriff.


Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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