Van Alstyne Police Reports ending Jan. 2

| January 6, 2022 | 1 Reply

Mary Jane Farmer for the Van Alstyne News, Scene In Town

Van Alstyne Police Sgt. Steven Hayslip reported on the department’s activities between December 27 and January 2. During this time, they received 134 calls for service, with nine police reports and eight offense reports. There was also one vehicle crash, with injuries, and the police made one arrest. There were two more arrests made after January 3, and those details will be in the next report.

There was no one from Van Alstyne indicted by the Grayson County Grand Jury in its most recent session.

Arrest — December 27, about midnight, officers were called to a disturbance in the area of McKinney Circle, and the caller gave dispatch the description of a vehicle involved. Hayslip said the responding officers located the vehicle, then, following protocol with the people inside it, determined that the driver, a Van Alstyne man, was driving while intoxicated and also carrying a firearm. They arrested the driver on charges of DWI and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

At the Grayson County Jail, a magistrate set bail at a total of $4,500 on the two charges. The suspect paid that bail in surety bonds and then released on December 29.

Hit & Run and Pursuit — On January 1, about 12:45 a.m., police officers were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 75 and FM 121 (Van Alstyne Parkway) regarding a hit-and-run crash which happened between Sherman and Howe. Hayslip said the suspect vehicle had attempted to pass another vehicle, but instead struck the other vehicle in the rear. The suspect vehicle driver then hit the victim vehicle again in the side, and failed to stop as required by Texas law.

Van Alstyne police attempted to get the offending vehicle’s driver to stop, but he failed to do so and a pursuit ensued.

Officers stayed behind the suspect vehicle, as it continued southward toward Melissa, and speeds reached 100 mph, Hayslip said. In Melissa, the suspect struck another vehicle, but, in spite of a blowout on the offending vehicle, the driver continued down the highway.

The driver moved the vehicle off the highway at Laud Howell Pkwy in McKinney. He drove onto the overpass bridge and stopped, jumped out and ran behind vehicle and then jumped over the guardrail. He landed about 25-30 feet below, resulting in broken bones. Police found him to be in possession of a stolen firearm and found another gun inside the vehicle he drove.

Hayslip said the driver was taken to a nearby hospital to have his injuries treated, and that police believe he was intoxicated during the pursuit.

“At this time, the incident is still under investigation,” Hayslip said. “The identity of the suspect has not been released pending further investigation.”




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