A man who managed to elude game wardens, deputies, and a tracking bloodhound on Thursday afternoon is now in custody, he was captured Saturday morning not far from Thursday's search.

41-year-old Jeremy Busby, of Kirbyville, was spotted walking along Highway 63 West near Durham's Smokehouse by Deputy Kevin Holloway and was taken into custody without incident.

Officers spent most of Thursday afternoon searching Busby after he fled from Game Warden Justin Eddins on a stolen all-terrain vehicle. He wrecked the ATV and then fled on foot into a wooded area just east of the Angelina River.

Eddins, who was off from work and sick, said that he noticed Busby on a red Polaris all-terrain vehicle. Eddins said that he had observed the man walking in the area in previous days and had just spoken to him and identified him the day before.

Knowing that Busby didn't own an ATV, Eddins said he stopped and motioned for the man to come to him, but instead Busby made an obscene gesture and took off.

Three deputies and a bloodhound tracking dog from the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department in Leesville came to Jasper County to assist. They were able to pick up a scent trail and the dog followed it for several hours, but it ended on Highway 63 near the river.

It turned out that the ATV had been stolen from a farmhouse owned by local electrician Billy Minton, and in the back of the ATV officers found a large amount of copper wiring that the suspect stole from the farmhouse.

Busby is now in the Jasper County Jail facing numerous charges. It's expected that he'll be arraigned either Sunday or Monday.


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