Police Reports-March 9-29, 2022

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

Since March 9, Van Alstyne Police have received 1,838 calls for service, reported Police Lt. Steven Hayslip.


March 24 — A pursuit from Van Alstyne in to Collin County resulted in the arrest of the driver, a Mansfield man. Hayslip said it began about 11:30 p.m. as the Van Alstyne officers on duty attempted to make a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 75 at FM 121 (Van Alstyne Parkway). The driver did not stop for them, but instead drove on northward and into Howe, where he drove off the highway at Haning Street. Howe Police joined in the attempt to stop the speeding vehicle. Instead of stopping, the driver turned around and got back onto the service road until he passed FM 121 again, southward at speeds of between 50-90 mph.

Hayslip said the suspect continued at erratic speeds into Anna, where Anna Police joined in the pursuit. The Van Alstyne officers requested an agency which had spikes to assist them, and, Hayslip said, Melissa PD joined in by laying spikes across the highway. The vehicle hit the spikes, disabling its two front tires, and finally the suspect stopped.

In Anna, during that pursuit, Hayslip said, the suspect came close to hitting a tractor-trailer rig, and brake-checked the police vehicles behind him many times.

The arrest was then made without further incident. A probable-cause search of the vehicle led police to discover methamphetamine.

The suspect was jailed in the Grayson County Jail on charges of evading arrest/detention with a vehicle, driving while Intoxicated; and possession of a controlled substance (meth). Bail was set at a total of $25,500payable in surety bonds and the suspect remains, as of March 31, incarcerated.

March 23 — An Anna man went to jail on a charge of possession of marijuana following a 10:30 p.m. traffic stop at Van Alstyne Parkway and Henry Hynds (the service road). Hayslip said the suspect acted nervous and when police conducted a pat-down of his clothing, they found something in his pocket. When he removed it, at police’ request, it was marijuana and a trace amount of methamphetamine. Bail was set at $500, payable in personal recognizance, and he went free the next day.

March 19 — A traffic stop on U.S. 75 led to the arrest of a Dallas woman wanted by arrest warrant issued in Dallas County. It was near midnight, Hayslip said, when police stopped the vehicle, and following protocol, learned of the outstanding warrant charging her with theft over $1,500. Police jailed her in Grayson County Jail, who then released her to Dallas County authorities.

March 19 — Two people, both from Sherman, went to jail following a traffic stop made on U.S. 75. It happened, Hayslip said, because police saw a vehicle get off the highway through the grassy median, and so they made the traffic stop. They smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath and conducted a field sobriety test, which he failed. The passenger admitted, the lieutenant added, that she was intoxicated, and she, too, failed a field sobriety test. The driver was jailed on a driving while intoxicated charge, the passenger on a charge of public intoxication. Both paid their fines and surety bonds set and were charged later the same day.

March 11 — A Bonham man went to jail after police spotted the vehicle he was in parked in the roadway in the area of Nash and Knox streets. Both occupants appeared to be passed out. After making contact with them and then running a routine driver’s license and warrant check, police found an outstanding warrant against the passenger. The warrant was issued in Collin County charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police took him into custody and transported him the jail. He posted bail of $25,000 in surety bonds for his March 15 release. Hayslip said they filed no charges against the driver.

March 9 — About 10 p.m., an officer on routine patrol saw a man walking the middle of the street, stumbling and yelling as he walked. The officer made contact with the pedestrian and determined he was intoxicated, so took him into custody. The resulting search uncovered marijuana in his possession. The suspect, a Van Alstyne man, went to jail on charges of possession of marijuana and public intoxication. The suspect posted a total of $777 in fines and cash bond for his March 22 release.

Other arrests during this time frame — included that of a man found passed out in his vehicle which was parked on top of a large rock, with its wheel still spinning. And that of a Gunter man who had three outstanding warrants, issued in Collin and Denton counties charging with possession of marijuana, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, and failure to appear on a previous controlled substance charge. He remains in jail without bail because of the failure to appear charge.


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