HENDERSON COUNTY–Three subjects in a U-Haul truck were arrested April 13 by Henderson County Sheriff’s Deputies after a chase that ended in a crash near Athens.
At about 4:30 p.m., Narcotics Investigator Kenneth Slaton and Investigators Daniel Wright and William Thornton spotted Levi Gad Lebleu of Athens, a wanted fugitive, driving a truck on County Road 3704 in Athens. As they turned around and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, Lebleu accelerated at a high rate of speed.
Levi Gad Lebleu was driving. Passengers in the U-Haul were Lehua Deann Mauala, 33, also from Athens and Kimberly Faye Gibson, 37, from Dallas.
With law-enforcement in pursuit, Lebleu lost control of the truck and wrecked into a tree. A search of the vehicle yielded a loaded .38 special pistol along with scales and a quantity of methamphetamines. Lebleu, Mauala and Gibson were taken to the hospital and released and then transported to the Henderson County Jail.
Lebleu was charged with the offenses of Evading Arrest or Detention with Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon and warrants for theft up to $30,000 and Assault Causing Bodily Injury Family Violence.
Mauala was charged with the offenses of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon.
Gibson was charged with the offenses of Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Meanwhile, Larry Garland Broadwell, 48, was arrested for possession of meth.
At approximately 6:55 p.m. Deputy Jonathan Barrios was traveling north of Geronimo Road approaching East Quanah Road when he saw the suspect.
While speaking with Broadwell, the deputy found him to be nervous and refusing to make eye contact. A search revealed in his front-left pant pocket a small black bag containing several small plastic baggies with the meth.
Broadwell was then booked for Possession of Controlled Substance. His bond was set at $10,000 and he was released April 14.
Lebleu and Gibson were still behind bars as of press time on $114,500 and $34,200 bonds, respectively. Mauala posted $6,500 bond and was released April 15.