DUMAS, Texas – Updated: Oct 27, 2019
The Moore County Sheriffs Office issued a felony arrest warrant Saturday for Phillip “PJ” Tello for evading in a motor vehicle.
Early Saturday morning deputies from Moore and Hartley Counties were involved in a vehicle chase after deputies attempted to make a traffic stop. Deputies had learned the vehicle, driven by Tello, was stolen.
According to an MCSO press release Phillip began driving erratically during the police chase and damaged several properties throughout Moore and Hartley Counties. Tello was able to elude deputies during the chase and eventually abandoned the vehicle.
Law enforcement continued to look for Tello throughout the day Saturday and into the night. The Moore County Sheriffs Office warned residents, via Facebook post Saturday night, that Tello had been spotted in Dumas. The MCSO also warned that “Phillip has a history of stealing vehicles”.
Dumas and Moore County residents were urged to lock their vehicle doors and not leave vehicles running unattended.
The Sheriffs Office also released a surveillance camera image on Saturday evening. In the image Tello could be seen walking through a local Dumas retail store earlier in the day.
Sheriffs deputies received information Saturday night leading them to Tello’s location. He was taken into custody and placed in the Moore County jail early Sunday morning.
Moore County Crime Stoppers had offered a reward for his arrest.