The Smith County Sheriff's Office successfully identified and apprehended Devoria Antonio Hardy, 21, of Fort Worth, following a high-speed manhunt near Interstate 20 on August 4, 2023. The incident began when a Smith County K-9 Deputy attempted to stop Hardy's vehicle on Interstate 20 near FM 849 around 1:45 p.m. on Friday.
According to a press release from the sheriff's office, as the deputy approached the vehicle during the routine stop, Hardy made the sudden decision to flee, rapidly accelerating eastward on I-20. A pursuit ensued, with the deputy closely tailing the fleeing suspect. Witnesses later revealed that they saw Hardy attempt to overtake a car in the left lane before losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a concrete barrier.
The collision propelled the car across the eastbound lanes and brought it to a halt in a ditch between I-20 and Loop 49. At this point, Hardy abandoned the vehicle, leaving behind a passenger who was swiftly detained by law enforcement.
Responding swiftly to the situation, the Precinct 5 Constable's Office, Texas DPS Troopers, and the Lindale Police Department coordinated their efforts to set up a perimeter in order to arrest the fleeing suspect. Assistance from witnesses and an off-duty Metroplex officer proved instrumental in helping deputies ascertain Hardy's intended direction.
After an exhaustive search, law enforcement officers found Hardy attempting to conceal himself with pine straw in the woods northwest of Loop 49 and I-20. The suspect was quickly taken into custody without further incident. Authorities recovered significant evidence from the vehicle, including two handguns, a 50 round drum magazine, several thousand dollars in cash, and THC products.
Cordre Dwai Tolliver, 21, of Shreveport, Louisiana, who was the passenger in the vehicle, was also arrested alongside Hardy. Both suspects face multiple charges, including possession of a controlled substance, evading arrest detention in a vehicle, and outstanding warrants.