A man was arrested in Smith County Tuesday afternoon after he was found in a tree evading police for several hours in a forest.

Smith County Pct. 4 Constable Josh Joplin said the man, who was identified as Larry Gillum Jr., 34, of Tyler, began evading constable deputies when they tried to make a traffic stop around noon on the Red Honda Civic he was driving on Tidwell Drive and Loop 323.

The vehicle turned on to County Road 384 and after a short chase, Gillum got out of the vehicle on Rains Road to flee on foot. A K-9 with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office conducted a perimeter search, and the sheriff’s office then set up a perimeter to search the area, Joplin said.

The U.S. Marshals, Parks & Wildlife, Texas Department of Criminal Justice tracking dogs and Texas Department of Public Safety Air assisted in the search.

Around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, TDCJ tracking dogs, two TDCJ officers and Joplin located Gillum off of Seven Hills Road in a tree in the creek bottom.

Gillum was arrested and charged with evading arrest with a vehicle and a parole violation warrant for manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance. The vehicle he drove was towed.

Gillum remains in the Smith County Jail as of Wednesday on a $25,000 bond, according to jail records.

Joplin thanked the Smith County Sheriff’s Office Patrol/Criminal Investigations Division/Dispatch, U.S. Marshals, Texas Parks and Wildlife, DPS troopers and air, and the TDCJ K9/Mounted Unit.


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