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Thanksgiving was more than food and football for Taylor police, it also included exercise and an arrest. Anthony Tanskley, 33, of Taylor, took police on a short chase before he was arrested last week on Thanksgiving.

According to police reports, on Nov. 28, around 1 p.m. police responded to a call of an unwanted person in the 300 block of E. Eighth St. They were told the suspect was trying to force his way into the residence. When officers arrived, they see Tanksley, who had five outstanding felony warrants. As officers approach, Tanksley begins to flee on foot.

Tanksley ran into a home on Eighth Street, locked the door and would not respond to verbal commands issued by police. 

"In an attempt to evade and hide from police, he ran in there," said Taylor Police Commander Joseph Branson. "After about 20 minutes went by, he eventually came out and officers placed him under arrest."

The home was unoccupied, and Tanksley entered without permission. Police contacted the homeowner, who did not know Tanksley, and alerted them of the situation.

No one was injured during the chase and there was no evidence of alcohol or drug use. 

Tanksley was arrested for the five warrants out of Williamson County for criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor; assault with bodily injury/family violence, continuous violence against the family, duty upon striking an unattended vehicle and evading arrest/detention with previous conviction.

In addition to the warrants, he was charged with evading arrest/detention with previous convictions, a state jail felony, and criminal trespass of a habitation, a class A misdemeanor. 

Tanskley is still in custody at the Williamson County Jail on bonds that total $96,000.

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