Two unrelated vehicle pursuits during the weekend in Palestine resulted in the arrest of the alleged driver for evading with a vehicle, according to police.
The first pursuit, which happened on Saturday in the 300 block of East Crawford Street, was initiated when Cpl. Matt Kerr, while on patrol came upon a vehicle blocking traffic.
“The vehicle moved forward, but sideswiped a parked vehicle. The officer then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, at which time the vehicle accelerated away and turned northbound into private driveway, near the Ranch House building,” according to a news release.
“The vehicle then continued to evade, stopping momentarily at the end of the drive and East Lacy Street. The vehicle finally yielded at East Lacy at Fowler.”
The driver, identified as Omar Salinas, 31, also was arrested for driving while intoxicated, second offense.
The second vehicular pursuit was initiated on Sunday in the 3400 block of West Oak Street at the Clean Scene Car Wash.
An individual, later identified as Hunter Sheridan, 30, reportedly had threatened to shoot his ex-wife’s parents and then himself, if she did not come and talk to him in person.
“Upon attempting to contact him, the driver evaded in a Gray Ford Extended Cab Ranger PU, westbound on West Oak, onto Tile Factory, out Farm-to-Market Road 1990, and finally wrecking out on ACR 2140,” according to the news release. “Sgt. Gabriel Green, Cpl. Brian Lintner, Ptl. Jason Lewis, and Ptl. Marcos Lara were involved in the pursuit and arrest of the suspect, who attempted to flee into the woods upon wrecking his vehicle.”
Officers also found methamphetamine and equipment, which added an additional charge for the driver of manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group 1 of more than four grams and less than 200 grams.
Ammunition also was found in the vehicle, but police did not find a firearm at the scene.
No one was injured in either pursuit.