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Fleeing police, drug charges among TPD cases
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TRINITY – A 20-year-old Trinity man was free this week under bonds totaling $8,000 following a police chase in northeastern Trinity. The arrest was one of several made by Trinity officers over the past week. Michael Wise was taken into custody Sunday on misdemeanor charges of fleeing from a peace officer and possession of marijuana. Municipal Judge Howard Kinsel set the bonds. According to Police Chief Steve Jones, the incident began about 8:30 p.m. Sunday when officers Justin Sikes and John Saunders attempted to stop a vehicle on Kevin Street for a traffic violation. Jones said the suspect vehicle ran from the officers and pulled behind a doublewide mobile home located in a trailer park at 113 Trinlady Park Road. “The officers chased the vehicle into a field behind the mobile home,” he said. Jones said there were two men in the car and officers subsequently found a small amount marijuana located in a jacket inside the vehicle. “The passenger window of the car was down. We had a reasonable suspicion that the subjects may have been carrying narcotics and that they threw them out of the car,” Jones said. Members of the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department were called to the scene to assist with the search of the field. “They fire department brought out a light truck and the firemen formed a line and walked across the field looking for drugs. Nothing was found, but, as always, the firemen were a tremendous help,” the police chief said. Also arrested on Saturday was Robert Alexander, 19, of Trinity on misdemeanor charges of fleeing from a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia. According to Jones, the incident began just after 1 a.m. when the police chief spotted a car coming pulling away from some apartments on Trinlady Park Road. When he spotted a traffic violation, Jones said he attempted to pull the vehicle over but the suspect “took off” and lead the chief on a brief chase, turning right on Highway 94, left on South Clegg Street, west on Madison and south on Calvin. During the chase, Jones said the vehicle almost struck a pedestrian on Calvin. Eventually, the suspect lost control of the car and came to a stop. When Alexander was taken into custody, Jones said a crack pipe was found in his possession. He was being held early this week in lieu of a $4,000 bond on the fleeing charge. Judge Kinsel assessed a fine on the paraphernalia charge. In other police activity Saturday, Tony Davis, 41, was charged with the state jail felony of driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 and with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance. He was released after posting bonds totaling $12,000. According to Jones, police had receive a report about a possible child abduction and were on the lookout for a brown Ford pickup. A car matching that description was spotted by Sikes and Saunders at about 10:18 p.m. at the Trinity Valero convenience store. When the officers checked out the vehicle, they found a one-year-old infant inside. In addition, a subsequent search lead them to a small quantity of hydrocodone pills. On Friday, police arrested a brother and sister at the Trinity High School gymnasium during a basketball match. Jones said that Pct. 1 Deputy Constable Rusty Barrett spotted Cordney Briggs, 22, of Trinity at the game an knew a warrant had been issued for his arrest through the Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace’s office. Barrett contacted police and Office Travis Bryan arrived at about 8:45 p.m. to take the suspect into custody. Jones said that during the arrest, Briggs’ sister, Brittany Briggs, 20, took exception to the arrest and was charged with disorderly conduct.


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