Three Brownwood men and a Fort Hood soldier were indicted for evading arrest in unrelated cases involving police pursuits.
The May session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned multiple indictments — evading arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle and money laundering — against Jesse Coppic, 25. The indictments were in connection with a Feb. 21 pursuit, records in District Clerk Cheryl Jones’ office state.
Coppic was also arrested that day on a parole warrant and remains jailed in lieu of bonds totaling $45,000, jail records state.
About 10 law enforcement vehicles from multiple agencies were involved in a 35-minute pursuit on wet, icy roads, a report by sheriff’s narcotic detective Carlyle Gover states.
According to Gover’s report:
Gover and Brownwood narcotics detective Aaron Taylor were riding in Gover’s unmarked vehicle when Taylor received information that Coppic, who had a parole warrant, was in the area of Second Street and Indian Creek. Taylor also received information that a large amount of methamphetamine for distribution would be present.
The pursuit ended on FM 275 near Zephyr when Coppic lost control of his pickup and crashed into a trailer. The pickup’s owner arrived on scene and said Coppic did not have permission to use her vehicle.
The money laundering indictment alleges that Coppic possessed funds related to narcotics trafficking.
The grand jury returned an evading arrest indictment Rurie Olguin, 26,who was arrested Nov. 13 following a police pursuit. Olguin was also arrested on a DWI charge.
The pursuit began after a Brownwood police officer clocked a motorist traveling at 79 mph on Austin Avenue, police said earlier.
The driver told the officer he was “just jamming to music” and thought he was traveling at about 50 mph, police said.
Casey Durant, 39, was indicted for evading arrest in connection with a Jan. 18 pursuit.
Before the pursuit began, Durant was wanted for nothing more than a Class C misdemeanor warrant out of the Brownwood Municipal Court.
When the day ended, Durant was in jail on multiple charges including the original warrant and evading arrest with a vehicle with previous conviction, police and Brown County Jail records state. Durant was also hit with two charges of possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone.
Durant’s bonds total $170,000, and he remains jailed.
According to a police report:
Officers Kris Salazar and officer Jared Spohn were stopped in the 1500 block of Fisk when they saw the Durant’s pickup turn from Fisk onto Third. Salazar knew there was a Brownwood Municipal Court warrant for Durant’s arrest.
Salazar began trying to stop Durant’s pickup, which was involved in a collision at Avenue E and Eighth.
Salazar located a tin with a variety of pills in Durant’s pocket, and Durant said he had a prescription for the pills.
Durant told Salazar he did not see the patrol vehicles chasing him. Durant later said he saw the patrol vehicles but did not see their emergency lights, and said he did not hear Salazar’s siren because he and his music were listening to loud music.
Salazar asked Durant why he continued to speed even after seeing the police, and Durant said he was just trying to get home.
The grand jury indicted Joel Northrop, 22, for evading arrest in connection with the Aug. 19 pursuit of a motorcyclist in northern Brown County.
The pursuit began in Eastland County, sheriff’s officials said earlier.
According to a report by sheriff’s Cpl. Taylor Fletcher:
Fletcher responded to the May area on Highway 183 to assist a Department of Public Safety trooper with a pursuit traveling southbound from the Rising Star area.
The trooper passed FM 585 north of May and reported the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 150 mph and weaving in and out of traffic. The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle in May.
Deputies located the motorcycle after the rider abounded it behind farm equipment at the intersection of Highway 183 and County Road 417.