A driver's failure to dim his vehicle's headlights while following a deputy around 2:15 a.m. Thursday led to a traffic stop and the arrest of two of the vehicle's three occupants on drug charges.
Kevin Barnes, 26, and Takeisha Lewis, 23, both of Taylor County, were booked into the Brown County Jail on charges of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance (Alprazolam pills) and possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, jail records state.
Deputy John Harper stopped the Chevrolet Traverse sport utility vehicle Barnes was driving on U.S. Highway 183 South, Harper's report states.The SUV had been following Harper for about half a mile and the driver did not dim the headlights until passing Harper.
Harper ran a criminal history and found that one of the vehicle's occupants had a previous drug conviction and encounters with Taylor County law enforcement. Barnes denied consent to search the vehicle, and Harper called for K-9 handler James Stroope and Stroope's drug dog, Buster. Buster alerted on the vehicle, giving probable cause for the deputies and two Early officers who were present to search, Harper's report states.
In an unrelated traffic stop Wednesday, Stroope and sheriff's narcotics detective Carlyle Gover arrested Brandon Payne, 29, of Bangs, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, reports state.
After seeing pieces of marijuana and marijuana seeds in the vehicle, the deputies searched and found under a gram of methamphetamine.
Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday were:
Tamara Bond, 23, Brownwood, probation violation.
Cynthia Garcia, 37, Brownwood, theft by check.
Carrie Mobley, 37, Winters, theft by check.
Chase Nichols, 23, Blanket, parole violation.
Ronnie Pena, 23, Comanche, theft.
Terry Reed, 19, Brownwood, theft.
Alicia Trevino, 41, Brownwood, theft by check.
Jonathan Williams, 31, Brownwood, motion to revoke for DWI, violating promise to appear, traffic warrant.