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APD: Three Men Flee from Vehcle after Traffic Stop

Police pull over a pickup truck that is driving sporadically, only to have the driver rush away, then flee on foot.

Early Friday morning at about 3:20 a.m., Officer Kurt Thomas was patrolling when he observed two male subjects walking across a parking lot at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of S. Clack Street. Officer Thomas went to contact the subjects. He observed one of the subjects wearing a dagger that was hanging around the subject’s neck outside of his clothing. Officer Thomas detained the subject for possessing the illegal knife. A records check also confirmed that this same subject had two outstanding municipal arrest warrants. The subject was arrested for his warrants and for misdemeanor Unlawful Carry of a Weapon.   

Saturday afternoon at about 6:55 p.m., Sergeant David Vaughn observed a male subject standing in the front of a closed business in the vicinity of 8th and Mesquite Street. Sgt. Vaughn noted that the subject observed him and that the subject immediately went to the front yard of a residence in the 700 block of Mesquite Street. Sgt. Vaughn did contact the subject. A records check confirmed the subject had an outstanding municipal arrest warrant. As Sgt. Vaughn began placing the subject in custody, the subject began pushing away from him. Sgt. Vaughn was able to arrest the subject. The subject was found to have been holding a white rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine. Approximately 1.7 grams of cocaine was seized. The subject was arrested on his warrant, for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) and for misdemeanor Resisting Arrest.

Sunday night at about 8:35 p.m., Officer Andrew Valdez attempted to contact a motorist in the vicinity of the 2000 block of N. 5th Street after observing the motorist driving recklessly and committing other traffic-related violations. Officer Valdez had activated his emergency lights and the pickup truck came to a stop. But as Officer Valdez approached the vehicle, the vehicle fled the scene. A concerned citizen contacted APD dispatch and reported seeing three subjects running eastbound from a pickup truck that matched the description of the vehicle that fled the scene. Minutes later, the vehicle was located in the 300 block of Graham Street. Officer Valdez found a male subject hiding under a nearby vehicle and detained him. Officer Valdez continued his investigation and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the subject. The subject also displayed indicators of intoxication. The investigation revealed that the subject located by Officer Valdez was the driver of the vehicle that drove away from the traffic stop. Officer Valdez attempted to have the driver conduct standard field sobriety tests, but he refused. A records check revealed that the driver had four previous convictions for DWI. The records check also revealed that the driver had an outstanding probation warrant (for DWI). He was arrested and taken to county jail where he refused to provide a specimen. The driver was booked on his warrant and for two felony offenses: Evading Detention and DWI (with prior convictions).

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