May 28, 2022 9:54 pm

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TEEN FLEES DEPUTIES BUT CONCERNED CITIZEN HELPS OUT

On January 13, a Liberty County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on routine patrol on US Highway 59 in Cleveland, Texas. The deputy observed a white Ford Mustang that did not have a front license plate and the rear license plate was covered with blue tape so that the number could not be seen. The deputy attempted to make a traffic stop and the driver of the Mustang accelerated to a high rate of speed. The driver failed to stop and was traveling at speeds up to 130mph. The Mustang passed a vehicle on the shoulder to evade the deputy.
The driver of the Mustang took an exit and the deputy lost sight of the vehicle. A concerned citizen contacted LCSO dispatch and advised them that the vehicle had pulled into RV Station. Another LCSO deputy arrived to assist. The assisting deputy arrived at the location and blocked the subject’s vehicle from leaving. When the deputy that was pursuing the vehicle arrived, he noted that the vehicle was in fact the one that had evaded him with the blue tape covering the license plate. The driver was identified as Antonio Alcantar, Jr., H/M, DOB: 01/08/2004. A search of the vehicle was made, and the deputy located in the glove department a 9MM Taurus semi-automatic handgun that contained one magazine with 11 rounds and there was one round in the chamber.
Alcantar was taken into custody and the vehicle was released to a wrecker company. His father was notified, and the deputy was advised that the vehicle was supposed to be parked in the garage at their house and that his son did not have permission to drive it because there was no insurance on the vehicle. Also, the handgun belonged to the father and was supposed to be in the safe at the residence and his son did not have permission to take the handgun. The deputy was also advised that Alcantar, Jr. was supposed to be in school.
Antonio Alcantar, Jr. was arrested and charged with Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle – Third Degree Felony and Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle – a State Jail Felony. This case is still under investigation and further charges may be filed.