A man who escaped arrest on Live PD for alleged reckless operation of his vehicle was taken into custody after viewers of the television show, in addition to the suspect’s “Crime Pays” forehead tattoo, assisted the police in tracking him down.
On November 30, Live PD aired an episode with a featurette which showed a suspect driving his vehicle down the road with the headlights turned off.
When the Terre Haute police began to pursue the car in an attempt to get the driver to pull to the side of the road, the suspect reportedly began to greatly increase the speed of the vehicle. Before the officers caught up to the man his car was shown veering off the road and slamming into a tree.
The driver allegedly abandoned the automobile, in addition to a passenger that was riding with him, and ran from the scene before officers could catch him.
The person left behind was questioned about the driver by the police, but he alleged that he was unsure of the person’s name.
After the episode was viewed and the authorities asked the public for help in finding the suspect, someone who was watching called in to report that they believed they knew who he was.
The police identified the suspect as 38-year-old Donald Preston Murray, a Terre Haute resident with recent prior offenses that caused his license to be suspended as a result of a DUI conviction.
On the morning of December 3, the police located Murray and reported that he was not difficult to spot because he has a tattoo across his forehead that reads, “Crime Pays.”
Murray was taken into custody and booked into the Vigo County Jail, and he is facing charges for suspicion of criminal recklessness, and resisting law enforcement. He is being held without bond and has a court appearance scheduled for December 4.
If you or someone you love is suspected of a crime, contact Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.