A patrolling sheriff’s deputy followed up on his suspicion that a motorist was trying to avoid him Tuesday night and arrested two of car’s occupants — one of them on a drug charge — after learning they had warrants.
Deputy Shawn Dibrell said he found rocks of crack cocaine in the car after stopping it as the driver pulled into a motel parking lot in the 800 block of Early Boulevard.
Jodi Duffie, 31, was booked into the Brown County Jail on a charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance and failure to identify, and on a parole violation warrant, jail records state.
Gwendolyn Spells, 24, was booked into jail on a charge of failure to identify, jail records state. She is also held on a warrant from Milam County for forgery and on a motion to revoke probation for tampering with a government document from Bell County, jail records state.
Duffie and Spells, who were passengers in the car, remained jail Wednesday. Bonds had not been set.
Dibrell was patrolling on Early Boulevard when he looked at the driver of a 2001 Chevrolet Malibu with four occupants to see if the driver was wearing a seat belt, Dibrell’s report states.
The driver would not look at Dibrell but slowed down, seemingly trying to avoid the deputy, Dibrell’s report states. The driver pulled into the parking lots of two convenience stores and two motels, and at one point, it seemed the driver was trying to get back quickly onto the highway to avoid Dibrell, his report states.
Dibrell said the driver pulled into the parking lot of a motel where rooms are sometimes used for drug use. Deputy David Varner and Early police officer John Mills arrived, and Dibrell questioned the driver, who said he was from out of town and had been concentrating on not getting lost.
The driver consented to a search of the car, and officers found crack cocaine, Dibrell’s report states.
In other incidents:
Police Chief Virgil Cowin said a woman received a phone call from someone who claimed to be associated with Social Security benefits. The caller told the woman he needed her Social Security number because new numbers were being issued.
The woman refused the request. Cowin said the woman had recognized it as a scam. Cowin called the phone number that had registered on the woman’s call ID. Cowin’s call was answered with a recording that claimed all “agents” were busy and that the wait time was 53 minutes. The recording did not identify an agency or organization.
Police arrested Vanessa Brown, 53, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon in the 500 block of West Commerce.
Sgt. Tracey Edgar made the stop, and the driver gave narcotics officer Bruce Spruill consent to search her pickup, police said. Officers said they found crack cocaine.
Police arrested Larry Kasberg II, 23, on charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault with a weapon in connection with an incident involving Kasberg’s mother.
Police allege Kasberg hit his mother with a cane and took her medication, reports state.
Police arrested Jason Rosas, 17, on a charge of injury to a child. Police allege Rosas hit his 5-year-old step-sister in the mouth when he was arguing with his mother, and the girl said something that angered him.