Crashed truck with no driver concerns police

Police say Taylor Fannin's truck was headed north on Labelle Road.

Police have found the man they say lost control of his truck and ended up in a pasture near Labelle Road in southern Beaumont.

BPD spokesman Rob Flores said officers found 21-year-old Taylor Fannin's white 2008 Toyota pickup about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 1.

Police at the scene were deconstructing the accident, saying the truck was headed north on Labelle Road when the driver lost control at the intersection of Labelle and Frint Drive.

Early in the investigation, Flores said police were afraid Fannin might still be wandering the area disoriented.

Fannin's family told police their son would have called if something was wrong, and that non-communication is uncharacteristic of their son.

Police K-9 units have combed the area but have found nothing, Flores said.

"Our main concern again, is where is he? Because he could've sustained some serious injuries in the crash," Flores said. "We found his phone in there. We don't know if he walked off or if he got picked up. That's what we're trying to figure out right now."

Fannin was last seen fishing with friends near Labelle Road and Highway 173 until about 1:30 a.m. Flores said and no hospitals in the area have admitted Fannin.

By 1 p.m., Wednesday May 1, however, Fannin had made his way to the Sonic on Walden Road where he phoned his parents and police. Flores said Fannin tried to walk through a heavily wooded area after the accident toward his home, but became disoriented and ended up sleeping in the woods. 

Fannin suffered minor injuries, including abrasions to his face from his truck's airbag and a plethora of bug bites while sleeping in the woods, Flores said.  

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