LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 22-year-old Lufkin man with a long history of run-ins with the law was arrested twice within a span of 24 hours.
On Tuesday morning, Angelina County Sheriff's deputies arrested Travis Wade Ellis for possession of drug paraphernalia after he allegedly ran a stop sign. Then Ellis was arrested again early Wednesday morning on a possession of a controlled substance charge.
Ellis is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram. No bail has been set on Ellis' newest charge.
After he was arrested on the misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge on Tuesday, Ellis posted a $500 bail and was released from the jail.
According to an incident report from the Angelina County Sheriff's Office, a ACSO deputy pulled Ellis over after he allegedly ran a stop sign at the intersection of John Kolb Drive and Twin Oaks Road at approximately 11 a.m.
Because Ellis was allegedly acting suspicious and nervous, the deputy got consent to search Ellis' vehicle and found a backpack with drug paraphernalia in it, according to the incident report.
Ellis' second arrest within 24 hours occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. Wednesday. According to a police report, LPD officers were patrolling Atkinson Drive when they spotted a suspicious vehicle parked behind a car wash in the 1600 block of Atkinson Drive.
When the officers made contact with Ellis, he allegedly told them that he was parked at the car wash because his vehicle had run out of gas, and he was waiting on a friend to pick him up. However, while the officers were speaking to Ellis, they noticed a Dremel cutting tool with a cutting bit made for cutting metal and a power inverter, according to the police report.
The police report stated the LPD officers thought that was suspicious because of the time of night and the fact that Ellis' vehicle was parked near multiple coin-operated towel machines.
Wanting to investigate further to see if the coin-operated machines had been broken into, the LPD officers went to detain Ellis. When they opened the door to his vehicle, they noticed a small plastic baggy containing a crystal-like substance in the door's storage compartment, the report stated. The substance allegedly field-tested positive as methamphetamine.
Ellis was arrested at the scene without further incident, and he was taken to the Angelina County Jail.
According to the Angelina County Jail Web site, Ellis has been arrested three times so far this year, and he has been arrested a total of 16 times since 2009.