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Suspect sought after running from police
Trinity Standard - February 2009
TRINITY – A 29-year-old Trinity man who ran from police last week was being sought this week on evading arrest charges.
Eric Deshawn “Sam” Bostic was being sought on a misdemeanor evading warrant after he ran from officers near the corner of Barker and Lakefield streets in Trinity.
According to Police Chief Steven Jones, the incident began on Tuesday, March 17, when officers Travis Bryant and John Beeman spotted a man riding a four-wheeler on Barker Street.
Jones noted it is illegal to operate an all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) or four-wheelers on a city street.
“In addition, because of all the recent thefts of four-wheelers, we have been trying to check the serial numbers on as many as we can,” the police chief said.
Jones said he arrived at the scene shortly after the two officers stopped the suspect.
“We were able to determine that the four-wheeler was not stolen, but had been borrowed from a friend,” Jones said.
However, when officers asked the suspect if they could search him, the man took off running.
As the man began to run, Bryant managed to grab his shirt but Jones said it ripped off the suspect’s body.
Officers chased the suspect north behind the Trinity Head Start center into a wooded area but lost him in the heavy brush.
Police were asking area residents with knowledge of Bostic’s location to contact them at 594-2505 or to call the Trinity County Crime Stoppers at 642-2334.
In other police activity, another man attempted to run for officers but was caught after a 200-yard chase, according to Jones.
Charles Ray Morning, 42, was charged with misdemeanor evading arrest and is currently free after posting a $1,500 bond.
That incident occurred Sunday, March 22, at about 2:30 a.m. after Trinity County deputy sheriffs Rusty Barrett and Larry Barak obtained information about a crack house operating at a residence near the intersection of Walker and Sabine streets in Trinity.
The two deputies, together with Jones and Beeman, went to the house to investigate further.
Barrett and Barak went to the rear of the home while Jones and Beeman went to the front.
“When I knocked on the door, we heard screaming coming from inside and the suspect broke from the side of the trailer and ran north on Walker Street,” Jones said.
Jones said the officers chased the man on foot and Barak caught him after about 200 yards.
Because officers did not have a warrant , the home was not searched and no drug charges were filed.
Drug-related charges were filed on Friday against Johnny Davis, 36, of Trinity in connection with a crack pipe.
Jones said the incident began about 2:30 a.m. while he and officer Beeman were on patrol.
They spotted a car parked on Maple Street and decided to stop and check it out. When the patrol car stopped behind the suspect car, a man got out with his hands raised in the air.
When the officers approached, the suspect threw an object behind him into a yard. A crack pipe was subsequently recovered.
“If he hadn’t thrown away the pipe, the only thing we could have charged him with is possession of drug paraphernalia, which is a Class C misdemeanor,” Jones said.
“Because he did throw it away, we charged him with tampering with physical evidence, which is a third degree felony. Instead of a $260 fine, he is now facing a significantly larger fine and jail time,” he said.
Davis was ordered held under a $10,000 bond and was transferred to the Trinity County Jail in Groveton.