Off-duty deputy, citizen call in reports that lead to arrests

STEVE NASH steve.nash@brownwoodbulletin.com
Crime report

The observations of an off-duty deputy and a citizen led to the arrests of three people in a pair of unrelated incidents.

The off-duty deputy, Taylor Fletcher, saw a vehicle swerving from lane to lane on the way out of Brownwood on Highway 279 Thursday afternoon, sheriff's Sgt. John Fincher said. Fletcher followed the vehicle and called in a report.

The driver stopped at the intersection with FM 3021, and Fincher and Bangs officer Andre Smoot, who was on his way home when he heard the radio calls, arrived.

The driver and her passenger gave inconsistent information that "didn't make a whole lot of sense," Fincher said, and the driver consented to a search. The officers found paraphernalia and trace amounts of methamphetamine, Fincher said.

The passenger was drinking from a can of Mountain Dew when the officers arrived, and the officers noticed that the can ended up crushed on the floor of the vehicle. The officers discovered that a baggie with a trace amount of methamphetamine had been placed in the can.

Fincher arrested Rachel Burdett, 27, of Abilene, and David Cogburn, 28, of Stanford, on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Cogburn was also charged with evidence tampering, Fincher said.

In the other incident, Brownwood police were dispatched Wednesday afternoon to the 2200 block of U.S. 377 South after a witness reported that the motorist had been driving "crazy" in and out of traffic.

The witness pointed out the parked Chevrolet Caprice to an officer. The officer located the driver, conducted a field sobriety test and arrested Rickie Osborn, 49, of Stephenville, a police report states.