Man Runs From Deputy, Leaves Pregnant Woman Behind

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

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.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, Trolling or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus
KBTX-TV Channel 3 4141 E. 29th Street Bryan, TX 77802 Phone: (979) 846-7777 Fax: (979) 846-1490 News Fax: (979) 846-1888
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 255412061 -
Gray Television, Inc.