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BCSO ID 2 men who led deputy on chase

Marcus Lavalais, Cory Marx charged with felony theft

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SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has identified the two men who they said led sheriff's officials on a chase that ended with a deputy's patrol car in flames.

Marcus Lavalais, 25, and Cory Marx, 30, are charged with felony theft.

Sheriff's investigators said Lavalais (pictured above left) was also wanted for two felony warrants.

They say Lavalais ran from a deputy responding to a report of theft from a construction site last night.

Marx was taken into custody at the scene but the deputy had to follow Lavalais in his patrol unit.

When Lavalais ran behind a church in the 6600 block of Walzem, the deputy jumped out and ran after him.

He detained Lavalais, then on the walk back to his patrol car, he saw it was engulfed in flames.

Investigators say it appears the heat from the exhaust or the catalytic converter -- combined with the tall grass -- was what sparked the fire.