HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 20-year-old man after he allegedly tampered with evidence by throwing marijuana into the woods and ran away from a Huntington Police Department officer Tuesday evening.
The ACSO deputies wound up using a shock device to get Alec Gabriel Morris to stop.
Morris, of Huntington, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a third-degree felony tampering with evidence charge, a Class A misdemeanor evading arrest charge, and a Class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana less than 2 ounces charge. Collective, his bail was set at $3,000 for the two misdemeanor charges.
Chief Bobby Epperly with the Huntington Police Department said the incident occurred near Virginia Street Tuesday at about 5 p.m.
He said one of his officers was conducting surveillance on an area of the town known for drug and other criminal activity when he saw Morris acting like he was about to light a marijuana cigarette. After the HPD officer made contact with Morris, he allegedly threw what turned out to be marijuana away from him and ran away.
Epperly said Morris ran about a mile and went through a wooded area and a mobile home park before ACSO deputies that were assisting with the chase ordered him to stop several times. When Morris refused to obey their commands, the deputies used a Taser on him, the chief said.
Once Morris was in custody, he was taken to the county jail.