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Mesquite Man Arrested Near Cumby On Reckless Driving, Drug Paraphernalia Charges

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A 19-year-old Mesquite man caught a deputy’s attention as he sped past him, stopped near an address for which he’d previously been issued a criminal trespass warning, and was jailed on two misdemeanor charge, according to sheriff’s reports.

A sheriff’s deputy reported seeing a Honda Civic traveling at an excessive speed on FM 275 at County Rod 4792 about 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9; stationary radar showed the car to be traveling at 93 miles per hour in the 65 mph speed zone. The deputy turned around and pursued the car. The officer pursued the car for about half a mile with the overhead lights activated. The car turned onto Old Paradise Road before stopping, the deputy alleged in arrest reports.

Upon approach, the deputy, in arrest reports, noted the radio on the car to be turned up loud and had to ask the driver twice before he turned it down. The deputy alleged the man began reaching around in the passenger side of the car so he grabbed his arm and pulled him out of the vehicle. The man then began reaching into his pockets, so the deputy placed him against the vehicle and put handcuffs on him, the deputy alleged in reports.

During a patdown of the 19-year-old Mesquite man, the deputy reported feeling a cylindrical object and what to him felt like money. The man allegedly claimed to be unsure what the object was but agreed to let the officer check inside his pockets. The deputy alleged finding several bills of US currency and a clear glass pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke marijuana, crack cocaine and other substances; it was reportedly clean with no visible residue. The man allegedly admitted to using to smoke marijuana, which made the object drug paraphernalia and resulted in his arrest, according to arrest reports. The car was searched but no contraband was found inside of it, the deputy reported.

The teen was alleged to be “argumentative toward officers and, at best passively compliant with officers attempting to perform their duties” during the traffic stop and search, according to arrest reports.

After the car was searched, its registered owner was contacted to respond at the location. The man reportedly claimed to be headed to the owner’s residence on Old Paradise Road. However, the man was found to have an active criminal trespass notice, prohibiting him from being at the address, the sheriff’s officer alleged in arrest reports. When the man contested the validity of the warning, the officer advised it was valid. Additionally if the owner, a woman, was at the location, he would be arrested for trespassing.

The 19-year-old Mesquite man was taken to jail for reckless driving and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the jail, he allegedly continued to be argumentative with officers throughout the book-in process. He was released from the county jail Thursday morning, Oct. 10, on $1,000 bond on the reckless driving charge, according to jail reports.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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