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Silsbee woman arrested in Spurger after vehicle theft

by Emily Walrep

Tyler County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to County Road 4926 in Fred on Sunday, December 15, regarding a report of a stolen vehicle. Deputies arrived and spoke to the complainant, Chris Byrd, who told deputies that an acquaintance, identified as Courtney Lisenby, age 23, of Silsbee, had taken the keys to his 2000 Toyota Camry without his permission and left the residence in the car.

A background check on Lisenby revealed that she had an outstanding warrant and a felony warrant in Hardin County. Deputies began searching the area for the vehicle, described as a tan passenger car missing a right passenger side mirror.

Later in the afternoon, deputies observed a vehicle matching that description traveling on Highway 92 near the intersection of Highway 1013 in Spurger.

The deputy activated his emergency lights, but it appeared that the driver was failing to stop.

"At that time, one of the deputies positioned his patrol car in front of the vehicle and assisted it to a stop," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

A traffic stop was conducted, and the female driver identified as Lisenby refused to be compliant. Lisenby was refusing verbal commands from deputies, and she was observed reaching for the passenger side door to make an exit.

Deputies were able to gain access through the driver door and were able to detain the driver and place her under arrest using minimal force. At that time, the vehicle began to accelerate forward due to Lisenby failing to put it in park. One of the deputies on scene was immediately able to enter the vehicle and place it in park before it entered the highway and stuck another vehicle.
Lisenby had four warrants out of Hardin County, including two warrants for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest and Driving While Intoxicated.