TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - After a Trinity man allegedly ran from law enforcement officers and then wrestled with a deputy, he apologized when they were taking him to the jail Tuesday evening, according to Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace.
James Wood, 39, is still being held in the Trinity Police Department jail on a first-degree felony manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance charge, a third-degree felony assault of a public servant charge, and a Class A misdemeanor charge.
Wallace said that he and Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones were out patrolling an area when they saw Woods in his car on Aspen Street. Woods wasn't on his own property, and Wallace said Woods is a known drug dealer.
Wallace and Jones went to talk to the man, and he got out of his car. They asked him if he had anything in his pockets, and after he started to step away a little, he ran away, Wallace said.
They chased Woods to his aunt's house, and a deputy began wrestling with Woods, Wallace said. The sheriff said when he got to where the deputy was struggling with Woods, he saw Woods reach under his shirt.
However, Wallace said he and Jones both knew that Woods wasn't violent. Jones grabbed Woods' arm, and they had to use a Taser on him to take him into custody, Wallace said.
It turned out that Woods just had a bag of methamphetamine under his shirt, and that was what he had been reaching for, Wallace said. The meth weighed 6 grams, Wallace said.
When they were taking him to the Jail, Woods apologized and said, "I'm sorry, Mr. Wallace. I don't want to be like that. We just have a code on the streets."
Wallace said the assault on a public servant charge stemmed from the fact that the Trinity County Sheriff's Office deputy said Woods punched him during the scuffle.
Jones said Woods was one of three meth arrests made by Trinity County law enforcement agencies Tuesday. He added those three are just the latest in a series of recent arrests related to the Trinity Police Department and the Trinity County Sheriff's Office pushing back to slow narcotics trafficking in their city and county.
Jones said they also arrested Bonnie Taylor, 23, and Stephanie Oliver, 31. Taylor was charged with state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance, and Oliver was charged with second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance and Class C misdemeanor possession of rug paraphernalia.