Police arrest two following chases; one facing felony drug charges

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 10, 2007 - Sulphur Springs Police arrested two men following two separate chases early this morning, one in a vehicle and another on foot.

Raymond Carroll Wallace, 31, of Daingerfield remained in the Hopkins County jail Tuesday morning on felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest or detention in a vehicle.

Police drug interdiction officers Lt. Cleve Williams and Sgt. Jason Ricketson attempted to stop a white Chevrolet Malibu at 2:13 a.m. after observing the car speeding past the 118 mile marker on Interstate 30.

Instead of stopping, the driver continued on until he approached a Pilgrims Pride substation on U.S. Highway 67 at Interstate 30. The driver pulled into the substation and threw out a black trash bag, later determined to contain four pounds of marijuana and three ecstasy pills.

The Malibu then pulled back onto U.S. 67 before turning west onto the north service road. The interdiction officers followed the vehicle to the Buster Paving parking lot just off of I-30, where the pursuit ended at 2:20 a.m.

Wallace was charged with possession of more than 4 ounces but less than 5 pounds of marijuana, possession of less than one gram of a controlled substance, and evading arrest or detention in a vehicle, all state jail felony offenses. The Malibu was impounded.

A Sulphur Springs man, 25, was also arrested for evading arrest following a chase that began at 12:19 a.m. in the 300 block of Helm Lane.

Officer Rojelio Reyes Jr. responded to a report of a disturbance involving a weapon at the location, where saw the Sulphur Springs man, who fit the description of the suspect in the disturbance. When Reyes tried to talk to him, the man kept walking away until he rounded the corner of the building, then took off running toward Shannon Road.

Officers Mike Morgan and Jason Ames joined Reyes in searching the area for the man. Ames spotted him behind Burton’s restaurant, and the officer and Morgan chased the man on foot before losing sight of him near the restaurant. After talking to witnesses, they learned the man was working at the nearby Days Inn. 

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Evans arrived with a thermal imaging unit and began searching nearby fields for “heat” images, indicating where the man might be hiding. The device gave a signal in the field beside E-Z Mart, just west of the Helm Lane-Shannon Road intersection. It was then that Morgan and Reyes spotted the man walking toward Shannon Road. He was arrested at 1:51 a.m. for evading arrest. He was also wanted on a Spencer County violation of probation warrant.

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