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A Crockett man was arrested Monday in the backyard of a Palestine residence after allegedly burglarizing a home in Anderson County and leading law officers on a pursuit through two counties before wrecking his car and running away. 

Robert Eldridge Lee, 44, was charged with burglary of a habitation and evading arrest after he was taken into custody, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. 

The sheriff's office said deputies responded to a burglary in progress about 12:45 p.m. in the 1100 block of Anderson County Road 386.

Deputies got a description of the man, later identified as Lee, who was driving a grey Volkswagen and traveling north on County Road 386 toward U.S. Highway 84 East, according to the sheriff's office. 

The sheriff's office said deputies forwarded the information to the Palestine Police Department and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. 

A Cherokee County deputy attempted to stop the Volkswagen but the car turned back toward Anderson County, according to the sheriff's office. 

The sheriff's office said Anderson County deputies joined the pursuit near Anderson County Road 396 and continued the chase into Palestine. 

Lee crashed in the 1200 block of East Park and ran into the woods, according to the news release. 

The sheriff's office said officers found items in Lee's vehicle that matched the description of items taken in the burglary.

Deputies took Lee into custody about 20 minutes later when they found him in the backyard of a residence in the 600 block of Anderson Street, according to the sheriff's office.  

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, the Palestine Police Department and the Precinct 4 Constable offered assistance, according to the news release. 

Lee was booked into the Anderson County Jail. 

Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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