Lufkin Police: Man flees, gets fleas

Ricky Penson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Ricky Penson mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man already on probation for a drug charge is in more trouble as he was arrested Thursday night for criminal trespass. And police say they have their own problem, thanks to him: fleas.

According to the police report, officers responded to a criminal trespass call at a residence on the 700 block of Culverhouse Drive at 11:30 p.m., involving Ricky Dewayne Penson, 58.

"He'd been warned not to go there anymore," Lt. David Young said.

When officers arrived, the report states Penson tried to flee, but could not. So instead, he hid under the house. Officers managed to get him out from under the house and arrest him.

"But when he was under the house, he got a bunch of fleas so now one of our units is totally infested in the back seat," Young said. "And the arresting officer got fleas so now four of our units are flea-infested."

Taxpayers need not worry. Police will not be spending any money on the problem.

"We had the same problem last week so we already have the chemicals to clean the car," Young said.

Penson was arrested in August after police found cocaine in his car.

According to a previous report, police heard loud music coming from a vehicle parked at a Chevron at 804 North Timberland Drive. Officers located Penson in the vehicle and took him into custody for violating a city ordinance of playing loud music.

Officers searched Penson and located off-white rocklike substances which field-tested positive for cocaine. He received probation for the offense.

Now, Penson is in jail on a charge of criminal trespass, a Class A misdemeanor, and revocation of probation from last month's charge.

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