What started out as a simple traffic stop near Lake Brownwood ended in a pursuit and an arrest in Coleman County.
At 11:25 p.m. Monday, Brown County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Tidwell attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Highway 279 near Lake Brownwood on a vehicle for continuous use of a blinker, which led the driver to accelerate and initiate a pursuit. Tidwell located the vehicle at the intersection of CR 107 and CR 108 in Coleman County and later located the driver at 12:01 a.m.
During a search prior to arrest, the driver was in possession of .5 grams of methamphetamine, 11 hydrocodone pills, 3.3 grams of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia commonly associated with the delivery of illegal drugs, including glass pipes, syringes and digital scales.
Benito Vasquez Diaz was arrested and transported to the Brown County Jail. Jail staff searched Diaz’s personal property and found a Duracell D-Cell battery with a false compartment that contained an additional 7 grams of methamphetamine. He was arrested for evading arrest, manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance PG 1 greater than one gram less than four grams, possession of a controlled substance PG 3 less than 28 grams and possession of marijuana less than two ounces.
In other incidents:
• Deputy Michelle Holder was dispatched to the Law Enforcement Center at 1:24 p.m. July 22 in reference to a theft that occurred at another location. A man reported a chain saw was stolen out of the back of his truck over the weekend.
• Deputy Byron Langley was dispatched to the intersection of CR 192 and CR 193 in Bangs July 22 at 1:20 p.m. in reference to a theft. The complainant advised a former employee stole company property from a company vehicle that was broken down.
• Langley was dispatched to CR 351 in Blanket at 3:24 p.m. July 22 in regard to a criminal mischief complaint in which someone had been messing with a homeowner’s mailbox.
• Deputy Joe Thomas was dispatched to Windmill Road in May on July 23 in reference to a domestic disturbance after two calls were received stating an assault had occurred between two female family members.
• Deputy Terry Sliter stopped a driver for failing to signal 100 feet before making a left turn at the corner of Roselawn and Austin Avenue at 3:30 a.m. July 22. After interviewing the subjects in the vehicle, Sliter smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle. Sliter arrested Chelsea Ellis and Michaela Blanton for possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone less than two ounces.
Others booked into the Brown County Jail between 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday were:
• Jeffery Don Beck, 18, Brownwood, fleeing the scene of an accident, criminal trespass.
• Dewey Tognascioli Bowers, 42, Brownwood, possession of a controlled substance less than 28 grams, driving while intoxicated.
• Cynthia Clayton, 42, Brownwood, public intoxication.
• Bennetta Irene Hernandez, 52, theft by check greater than $20 less than $500.
• Francisco Pina Hernandez, 22, Comanche, border patrol.
• Nick Hogue, 18, Brownwood, no driver’s license.
• Bridget King, 33, Zephyr, possession of a control substance PG 1 less than one gram in a drug-free zone, possession of a control substance PG 2 less than 28 grams in a drug-free zone and possession of marijuana less than two ounces in a drug-free zone.
• Aaron Ray Pippin, 43, Brownwood, failure to appear theft of property greater than $50 less than $500.
• Jessica Bonnie Wheat, 23, Brownwood, violation of probation, possession of a control substance.