A pursuit in Brownwood Thursday night led to the arrest of a parolee on multiple charges and the seizure of of 173 grams of methamphetamine, sheriff’s officials said. Two pistols — one of them stolen — were also found in the suspect’s pickup.
Deputy Kaleb Hopson arrested Alex Lopez Jr., 34, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public servant, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of two firearms by a felon, evading arrest with a vehicle, evading arrest with previous conviction and theft of a firearm, Brown County Jail records state.
Lopez remained jailed Friday in lieu of bonds totaling $155,000.
Jail records show Lopez has an Austin address, but Lopez has had numerous stays in the Brown County Jail since 2003.
According to Hopson’s report:
Hopson saw a pickup run a stop sign at Eighth and Brady at 10:33 p.m. and made a traffic stop. Hopson learned the driver, identified as Lopez, did not have a valid driver’s license. Hopson asked the driver to step out so he could be arrested, but the driver refused.
“I opened the driver door and began unbuckling his seatbelt,” Hopson’s report states. “As I began unbuckling him, (the suspect) put the vehicle into drive and began driving straight, with me halfway in his truck and halfway out. (The suspect) drove several feet like this until I was unable to hold onto the vehicle any longer.”
The suspect drove erratically at high speed and ran several stop signs at busy intersections, Hopson’s report states. “At one point (the suspect) ran a stop sign and collided with the rear end of another vehicle,” the report states. “(The suspect) easily reached speeds of 70 mph through blind intersections and even got airborne in his vehicle at one point.
“(The suspect) was finally forced to stop his vehicle when he spun out of control and became blocked in with my patrol car.”
The suspect got out and ran, and Hopson chased the man on foot. After the suspect was caught, Hopson walked back to the suspect’s pickup and saw a bag on the ground near the driver’s door. The bag contained 173 grams of methamphetamine, and the suspect had a methamphetamine pipe in his sock, Hopson’s report states.
Hopson searched the pickup and found two pistols. One of the pistols was confirmed stolen through the Comanche Police Department.
The suspect has several felony convictions and is on parole through December 2019, Hopson’s report states.
“The methamphetamine (the suspect) possessed was not a user amount,” the report states. “The methamphetamine was also individually packaged into six different one-ounce baggies. I know through my training and experience that this is a common way to sell methamphetamine.”
The suspect also possessed about $1,000 in cash, Hopson’s report states.