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SMITH COUNTY, Texas — Three people were arrested Thursday after a pursuit of a stolen Ford Raptor, turned foot chase, turned hours-long standoff in Smith County.

At approximately 2:30 p.m., on Thursday, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper attempted to stop the 2008 Ford Raptor, later determined to be stolen out of Dallas, Texas, for speeding in southeastern Smith County, according to a press release from the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

The pickup truck evaded the trooper for several miles before coming to a stop. Three individuals bailed and fled on foot.

One of the individuals was captured and identified as 38-year-old Earl Nelson Jr.

The two others, identified as 28-year-old Trinity Driver, the operator of the vehicle, and 28-year-old Kendall Durham, continued on foot to a residence on County Road 2301.

After establishing a perimeter, A Smith County Sheriff's Office K9 tracked Driver and Durham to the residence where they refused to exit.

The standoff lasted for several hours until investigators obtained search and arrest warrants. After continuing to refuse to exit the residence, the Smith County Sheriff's Office SWAT team made entry and apprehended Driver and Durham without further incident.

"Based on evidence observed during the arrest of Driver and Durham, detectives obtained an evidentiary search warrant for the residence and located numerous firearms and stolen property," stated the release. "Evidence was also located inside of Driver’s residence that linked him to numerous burglaries in surrounding counties."

Driver is charged with evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and faces additional charges for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. He is being held in the Smith County Jail on bonds totaling $100,000.

Durham is charged with evading arrest or detention and her bond was set at $2,000. Nelson, Jr. is also charged with evading arrest or detention and is awaiting arraignment.

Police say the investigation remains active and ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

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