LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - After Lufkin Police officers made a traffic stop on a vehicle on Wood Avenue early Friday morning, one of the occupants of the car bailed out and ran away from the scene. The man later stuffed crack cocaine into his mouth.
The traffic stop resulted in two drug-related arrests, and another occupant of the vehicle was arrested for outstanding warrants.
According to a police report, the traffic stop occurred at 1:30 a.m. Friday morning. A Lufkin Police officer stopped a Cadillac for a defective tail light.
Lt. David Young, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, said one of the three men in the car jumped out after it came to a stop. The man, who was later identified as Jamarian Curl, 35, of Lufkin, was captured by another LPD officer after a foot chase on Ridge and Starks streets.
Young said Curl was seen stuffing a substance that later tested positive as crack cocaine into his mouth. When the arresting officer ran his license, it turned out that Curl had two outstanding warrants - one for evading arrest and one for assault. Young said Curl has five previous convictions for evading arrest.
Donnie Lamont Wilson, 35, of Lufkin, the driver of the Cadillac, was arrested for numerous outstanding misdemeanor traffic warrants.
The second passenger, Israel Dwayne Gross, 37, of Lufkin, was found to be intoxicated, Young said. He added that Gross' intoxicated state probably stemmed from the PCP-laced cigar found in the car.
Wilson posted bail on four capias pro fine warrants and four misdemeanor traffic charges and was released from the Angelina County Jail later Friday. Curl and Gross are both still being held in the Angelina County Jail.
Curl was charged with two felony counts of evading arrest, possession of a controlled substance, and failure to identify. Gross was charged with possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram.
All three men have lengthy arrest records, according to the Angelina County Jail Website. Their past arrests include numerous drug-related charges.