A 21-year-old Sulphur Springs man was arrested Saturday morning after allegedly running from same police officer who was attempting to serve him with warrants for the second time in seven months, according to police reports.
Sulphur Springs Police Patrol Officer Adrian Pruitt reported spotting Todrick Zyquince Cork, a wanted man, walking on Helm Lane. He reported contacting Officer Jameison Hawkins to let him know he’d be out with the man, then contacted Cork at 9:53 a.m. Jan. 11 at E-Z Mart at East Shannon Road to serve him with warrants.
Cork was wanted in Lamar County for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and motion related to a possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana charge. He also had an outstanding Hopkins County warrant for violation of probation, which he was on for a June 11, 2019 evading arrest or detention, which Pruitt had arrested Cork for on June 11, 2019, according to police and jail reports.
Cork allegedly attempted to identify himself as another person, his brother. However, Pruitt alleged he knew the man wasn’t telling the truth, because he recognized him from a prior dealing with Cork. Pruitt recognized Cork because he’d arrested Cork on June 11, 2019, for evading arrest, after Cork ran from him through when he tried to place him into custody on an evading arrest with a vehicle warrant, according to police reports.
When Pruitt attempted to put the man’s hand into handcuffs Saturday, Cork allegedly shoved the officer in the chest with his other hand to put distance between them. Cork then fled with Pruitt pursuing him through a Helm Lane apartment complex, according to police reports.
As Cork attempted to cross Helm Lane, he reportedly slipped in the wet conditions, losing his shoes, phone, blanket and other items as he ran. Hawkins stopped his vehicle near the apartment office, causing Cork to change direction, running back toward Pruitt, according to police reports. Corn reportedly saw Pruitt and turned toward the west side of the apartments. The officers reported losing sight of Cork as he crossed the road toward the front yard of residences.
While searching the area for Cork, a male outside one apartment pointed toward Cadi Lane when asked if he’d seen the man running. Pruitt alleged seeing Cork, and ran toward him, prepared to take him down. The man instead saw the officer and surrendered, getting face down on the ground, according to reports. Pruitt alleged he told Cork not to move; the officer attempted to slow down and stop, but slipped and fell on the ground beside Cork, according to police reports.
Hawkins arrived and took control of Cork, who police alleged physically resisted officers. Police, after giving Cork several verbal commands, used the “least amount of force” necessary to place Cork into handcuffs, Pruitt alleged in arrest reports.
Cork was jailed for failure to identify and evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction, which enhanced the charge to a felony, as well as the two Lamar County warrants and the Hopkins County warrant.
He remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning. Bond was set at $5,000 on the evading arrest charge, $2,000 on the failure to ID charge, $5,000 on the Hopkins County warrant, $100,000 on the Lamar County evading arrest with a vehicle charge and $4,000 on the other Lamar County charge, according to jail reports.