by Emily Waldrep
On Saturday, July 11 at approximately 9:30 a.m., a Tyler County Deputy conducted a traffic stop on County Road 4090 in the Dam-B area. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, the deputy made contact with both the driver and passenger of the vehicle.
"Both males were identified by name and date of birth as neither subject had any identification on them," Weatherford said.
The passenger was identified as Michael Morgan, age 19, of Silsbee. A computer check through the Tyler County
Communications Center showed Morgan to have an active warrant out of Hardin County for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
"As the deputy began to place handcuffs on Morgan, Morgan took off running from the deputy towards FM 92," Weatherford said.
The deputy secured the driver in his patrol unit and began to search the area as other deputies, including Chief Deputy Steven Sturrock and Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, arrived on scene. Deputies were unable to locate Morgan but learned that he had family living in the area. According to Weatherford, deputies checked the residence several times and reminded the family that harboring a fugitive is a Felony.
Morgan is currently charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and Evading Arrest or Detention. The driver was issued citations and released. If you know the whereabouts of Michael Morgan, please contact the Tyler County Sheriff's Office at 283-2172