Burnet County sheriff's deputy pursuit locks down school, launches fugitive search

Authorities captured two pursuit suspects Nov. 17 who fled the scene after a cash in a pasture adjacent to Burnet High School.




By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two Fort Worth area suspects remained in custody Nov. 19 in connection with a Burnet County Sheriff's Office pursuit, which locked down an elementary school, stalled a community event and ended with the suspects vehicle crash, a fugitive search and attempted escape.

The incident unfolded just after 8 a.m. Nov. 17 on U.S. 281, north of Burnet in the area of County Road 112.

Burnet County Sheriff's deputies engaged a dark-colored BMW Mini Cooper in a high-speed pursuit with speeds up to 100 miles per hour. The pursuit eventually entered The Green Mile, the main roadway, with limited outlet, onto the grounds of Burnet High School.

“After backtracking, they were able to find tracks which led into the grass and just over a rise, our deputies found the vehicle had rolled and no one was in it,” Burnet County Sheriff's Capt. Tom Dillard said. “Deputies soon found signs of a direction of travel, like trodden grass, and they were able to locate one of the individuals.”

One suspect was found 700 yards from the crash site. Searchers, utilizing the Burnet Police Department K9 unit, then found the second suspect about 300 yards from the scene of the rollover. Agencies who participated in the search included BPD and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.

Authorities arrested Cody Landon Hobgood, 41, of Fort Worth and Richard Gene Applegate, 36, also of the Fort Worth area; both face charges of evading arrest and were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Hobgood, who is also wanted on a robbery warrant in Tarrant County, faces an additional escape charge after he attempted to flee the scene of Seton Highland Lakes where he was being treated for the accident injuries. Applegate was transported to Seton – Williamson County to be treated for injuries. He was eventually booked Nov. 18 into the Burnet County Jail. Bond information was pending, as of Nov. 19.

During the search, authorities postponed for nearly two hours the community Turkey Trot event, which was being held at R.J. Richey Elementary School, adjacent to the high school.

“When the call went out the resource officer at the school was able to bring everyone inside,” Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said. “They sheltered (the participants) inside the school, until we were able to locate the two suspects.”

Authorities believe the quick action of participating entities minimized the danger to the public.

“Other than the suspects, there was nobody injured. Everyone worked as a team,” Nelson said. We were able to get enough people to contain the situation to a small area, get all the resources we needed and keep everybody safe.”

Managing Editor Lew K. Cohn contributed to this report.


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