MILLICAN, Texas A man already wanted for evading arrest led authorities on a manhunt, leaving a pregnant woman behind as he fled.
It all started with a traffic stop for a broken brake light around 9 Tuesday morning along FM 159 and Highway 6 near Millican. The suspect, Thomas Whetfield, 35, pulled over, but Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk said that's when things took a turn for the worse.
"The passenger started to complain about pregnancy, and that she was going into labor," said Kirk. "The deputy, concerned with that, got distracted and went over to her side of the car."
That's when Whetfield decided to get out of the vehicle and make his move.
"When the deputy directed him to get back into the vehicle, he ran off," said Kirk.
Whetfield ran into a nearby wooded area. Brazos County Deputies, State Troopers and Brazos County Precinct 1 Constables were called in to search for Whetfield. The search was assisted from the air by a helicopter called in by state troopers.
The search was intense, but lasted only a couple of hours.
"Once we determined that there was not a public threat, that this person wasn't armed, and wasn't wanted for a felony, we called off the search," said Kirk.
Whetfield was wanted for a misdemeanor evading arrest charge out of Grimes County. Kirk said Whetfield can count on another one from Brazos County.
The female passenger was rushed to the hospital. No word on whether she delivered a baby, but Kirk said if they can prove she wasn't being truthful, she could also be charged.