High-speed pursuit leads to manhunt in Fannin County resident's backyard

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Police allege a Sherman man led several law enforcement agencies on a pursuit through Fannin County Monday night.

It all started because police said the suspect didn't have his headlights on.

When officers tried to pull him over, police said he took off-- reaching speeds of over 100 miles an hour-- then ditched the car and ran.

But they said he left behind a piece of evidence that led them right to him.

Dan Sherwood was enjoying a quiet Monday evening with his mother at her Fannin County home, in town from San Antonio for a family reunion.

"We just got through with dinner."

That's when a stolen car, who police say was driven by Dakoda Patton, turned from Highway 56 on to County Road 3416 in Windom-- where Sherwood's mother lives.

"I saw the car coming down the road--a Ford Fusion-- and two cops behind him," Sherwood said. "He came through too fast. I thought he was gonna hit my car or the house."

Sherwood watched as the car blew through the fence and took off through the 100 acres of land surrounding the home.

"He hit the fence and kept on going, and he got out of sight of the cops. They stopped here because they thought it was muddy."

A little while later, Bonham police found the car-- stolen from Sherman-- and one shoe, but no suspect.

"They put a perimeter around and brought out horses and bloodhounds," Sherwood said.

A police report states three horses and five prison dogs finally found Patton hiding in a tree.

Sherwood said unbelievable doesn't begin to describe the experience.

"It was exciting-- it was the most exciting thing this road has ever had," Sherwood said.

Patton was arrested for evading and is also facing charges for the stolen car.

All together, it took law enforcement about two hours to find and arrest Patton. Nobody was hurt.

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