LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County constable arrested a 32-year-old Pollok man for agreeing to swap vehicles with a 19-year-old Lufkin woman when he didn't hold the title to the 2000 Pontiac he traded for a 1996 Dodge pickup. To top it off, he wound up keeping the Pontiac.
When Nicholas Everett Tyler was taken into custody by Pct. 1 Constable Tom Selman, he was also charged with possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces and driving with his license suspended with a previous conviction or suspension.
Tyler was booked into the Angelina County Jail Thursday on a charge of fraudulent transfer of a motor vehicle valued at less than $20,000, a third degree felony. He posted a collective bond of $18,000 later that day and was released.
According to the arrest affidavit, Tyler allegedly talked the victim into signing pickup's title over to his mother's name to help her out after a bankruptcy. In exchange, he agreed to give her the 2000 Pontiac even, with no money exchanged. It was an oral agreement.
Further investigation revealed that the Pontiac was a salvage title vehicle currently titled to a different Lufkin woman whose address was listed in the 100 block of Mary Avenue in Lufkin.
The victim and Tyler's mother went to the Angelina County Tax Office on Oct. 19 to switch the title to the pick-up, the affidavit stated. Afterward, Tyler allegedly told the victim that he could not find the title to the Pontiac and would get it for her in the next few weeks.
Even though the victim made several requests for the title, Tyler allegedly never produced it. On Nov. 17, 2012, Tyler allegedly had the victim follow him to his aunt's house. Once they got there, Tyler took the Pontiac's key from the victim and told her that she if she wanted to keep the car, she would have to pay him $250 a week until she paid him a total of $1,500, according to the police report.
According to the arrest affidavit, Tyler then drove the victim to her residence, put her out on the driveway, and drove off in the Pontiac that he had agreed to give her in exchange for the pickup. Selman said Tyler kept both the Pontiac and the Dodge pickup, and when he was taken in to custody, he had marijuana on his person.
On Dec. 16, Lufkin Police officers arrested Tyler on a state-jail felony possession of marijuana charge after he allegedly trashed six ounces of weed following a one-vehicle rollover accident that on US Highway 69 North occurred on Dec. 3.
A previous arrest affidavit stated Tyler, who was on his way to work at a Lufkin McDonalds, rolled his Chevy Blazer over when he was heading south on US 69. Tyler allegedly crawled out of his wrecked SUV carrying a white plastic bag, walked to the Polks Pick It Up store across the highway from the Lufkin State Supported Living Center, and went into the bathroom. Witnesses say when he left the bathroom, he didn't have the white plastic bag, according to the affidavit.
A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper found the bloody bag inside the restroom's trash can. Inside were several plastic bags containing marijuana.
Tyler was taken to a Lufkin hospital and treated for his injuries, and the DPS trooper obtained a warrant for his arrest on Dec. 6.
A Lufkin Police officer arrested Tyler outside of the Lufkin Walmart on Dec. 18. The officer had arrived on the scene to deal with a criminal trespass issue. After the officer learned that Tyler was not the one who had the criminal trespass warning, he learned of the outstanding DPS warrant and took him to the Angelina County Jail.