Porter, February 2 – A multi-agency, multi-dimensional chase, under the leadership of Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, of suspect Jeffrey Sowell resulted in his arrest near Valley Ranch subdivision. The chase lasted almost sixteen (16) hours and included vehicular pursuit, air pursuit, canine tracking, and tracking Mr. Sowell on the ground in a wooded area behind one of the most premier and rapidly growing subdivisions in the history of the State of Texas.
Around 3:49 p.m., on Wednesday, February 1, a Precinct 4 deputy constable attempted to stop a 2003 maroon Chevrolet Tahoe due to its expired registration, as the vehicle was leaving the Walmart store in Porter. The driver failed to yield when the deputy initiated the stop, so a car chase ensued. The suspect drove northbound on the Highway 59 feeder, made a u-turn, turned south on the feeder, turned west on F.M. 1314, and eventually turned on to Valley Ranch Drive. At Olympic Forest, the suspected “perp” made another u-turn, drove into a wooded area, and bailed out of the vehicle.
At that point, the deputy called other units to establish a perimeter. Some of the law enforcement units stayed in the wooded area when darkness came upon the scene, as the officers hoped the perp would come out of the woods. Around 3 a.m., a Precinct 4 night shift deputy constable located and arrested the subject behind the spectacular Valley Ranch neighborhood, as the perp walked down the street.
The suspect is Jeffrey Sowell, whom the authorities charged with Felony Evading Arrest/Detention and Felony Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The maroon Tahoe is a stolen vehicle from Orange County, Texas. Sowell has four felony warrants outstanding for his arrest.
Constable Hayden thanked all of the agencies involved in Sowell’s capture, including Sheriff Rand Henderson’s Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, including their K-9 and fixed-wing aircraft units, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Patton Village Police Department, and the New Caney ISD Police. Those departments assisted in containing, searching for, and arresting this fleeing felon in this chase involving search across the spectra of time, vertical, horizontal, and depth dimensions.