A Brownwood man remained jailed Friday in lieu of bonds totaling $1.5 million after he was arrested Thursday on drug-related charges, and a judge raised his bonds from previous cases.
    Brownwood police arrested Joshua Stovall, 33, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and DWI, and bonds on those cases total $35,000, Brown County Jail records state. Stovall was free on bond from a June 2017 arrest for evidence tampering. After Stovall’s Thursday arrest, Brown County Court-at-Law Judge Sam Moss increased numerous bonds that Stovall had previously made on earlier arrests, court records show.
    Most of those bonds were on drug-related charges and also included a burglary of a habitation charge.
    According to a report by Brownwood officer Jared Spohn:
    Spohn responded around 7 a.m. Thursday to the intersection of Avenue K and Shaw on a report of a pickup stopped in the intersection. A caller said the driver appeared to be “either MHMR or intoxicated.”
    Spohn could not locate the vehicle until another caller said the truck was parked in his driveway in the 2500 block of Good Shepherd. The driver had gotten out and was knocking on the front door of the home, and urinated off the porch.
    Spohn arrived and recognized the man as Stovall, who possessed a syringe with a small amount of methamphetamine. Stovall gave Spohn the name of a woman he was trying to contact at the Good Shepherd home, but no one by that name lived there, Sphon learned. Stovall told Spohn he’d arrived at the home to pick up a dog, and said the syringe was for giving the dog shots for fleas and ticks.
    Stovall appeared heavily intoxicated, and after conducting a field sobriety test and seeing indicators of methamphetamine use, Spohn believed Stovall had driven under the influence of the drug.
    Spohn drove Stovall to Brownwood Regional Medical Center, where Moss signed a search warrant for a blood draw.
    Spohn later saw a baggie with suspected methamphetamine in the prisoner area of Spohn’s patrol vehicle. Spohn reviewed video from his patrol vehicle that showed Stovall moving around and trying to get his hands in front of him. Spohn believed Stovall had been trying to hide methamphetamine in the patrol vehicle.