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Foot chase ends with 1 man in jail
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TRINITY – An early morning traffic stop followed by a foot pursuit sent one Trinity man to jail on a state jail felony possession of marijuana charge. Michael Lewis, 36, of Trinity was also charged with the Class A misdemeanor offence of evading arrest/detention as a result of the chase. He was being held early this week on bonds totaling $8,000 by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department. According to Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones, the incident began about 1:42 a.m. Saturday when Officer Travis Bryan made a routine traffic stop on Rockdale Street in Trinity. A few moments later, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chad Seamans arrived on the scene to assist Bryan. As the trooper approached, a passenger in the car “took off running” and Jones said the suspect managed to elude the foot pursuit by jumping over a tall, chain link fence. TPD Sgt. Randy Wheeler and Officer Justin Sikes soon arrived at the scene to help with a search. Upon learning the name of the suspect, Sikes said he knew where the man lived and decided to see if he could locate him near that residence. Sikes went to the home and began walking through the woods behind the house. “I found him hiding in some bushes, in fact, I almost stepped on him,” Sikes said. After taking him into custody, the officer returned to the original traffic stop scene where he joined other officers in trying to determine why the suspect ran. Using his flashlight, Sikes finally spotted a large plastic baggie containing about a pound of marijuana lying on the opposite side of the chain link fence. He said the baggie was found at the same point where the suspect jumped the fence. Jones said the driver of the car, Aaron Kirkwood, 34, of Trinity, was issued a traffic citation and allowed to leave while the passenger, Lewis, was taken to the Trinity City Jail. He was later transferred into the custody of the sheriff’s department.


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