A vehicle pursuit in Sulphur Springs concluded with a wanted man being arrested on controlled substance, evading arrest and two warrants. A traffic stop also resulted in another Sulphur Springs man’s arrest on a Delta County evading arrest charge, according to arrest reports.
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson attempted to stop a westbound silver Hyundai Elantra just before 5 p.m. Friday, March 12, after seeing the wanted man driving fail to stop at more than one designated stopping point on Gilmer Street. Instead of stopping, however, the driver reportedly traveled through parking lots on the north side of Tapp Funeral Home and exited onto Oak Avenue at a high rate of speed, Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports.
When the car continued, ignoring the emergency lights on Wilkerson’s patrol vehicle, the deputy turned on the patrol unit’s siren and continued past the stop sign on Oak Avenue at College Street. Wilkerson reported pursuing the car as it turned onto College Street, then Jackson Street. The pursuit continued onto Jefferson Street at a high rate of speed, then Alabama Street and Jennings Street, back onto Jefferson Street and back to College Street. The motorist turned onto Mitchell, then back toward Jefferson Street, Wilkerson wrote in arrest reports.
The fleeing car on Jefferson Street until reaching apartments in the 600 block of Jefferson Street, where it entered a parking lot and continue to the back of the parking lot before stopping. Wilkerson approached and the 19-year-old driver surrendered and was taken into custody. Additional units from Texas Department of Public Safety, Sulphur Springs Police Department and HCSO arrived on scene at that point, according to arrest reports.
HCSO Sgt. Scott Davis and Deputy Chris Baumann assisted in completing a vehicle search. A pipe of the kind commonly used to smoke marijuana, a small amount of what the teen, identified in arrest reports at Aaron Kristopher Huddleston, stated was marijuana and a vape pen containing as mall amount of yellow wax-like liquid he said was THC oil, Wilkerson alleged in arrest reports.
After Wilkerson and Deputy Kevin Lester complete their search of the car, it was released to a towing service for impound. Wilkerson transported Huddleston to jail, where the vape pen cartridge containing the suspected THC oil weighed 5.911 grams, the deputy noted in arrest reports.
Huddleston was booked into Hopkins County jail at 7:20 p.m. March 12, 2021, for evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and possession of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance, as well as warrants for bail jumping and failure to appear and bond forfeiture on a burglary of a habitation charge, according to arrest reports.
The 19-year-old Sulphur Springs man remained in Hopkins County jail Monday morning, March 15, in lieu of $165,000 bond: $30,000 bond each on the evading arrest and controlled substance charges, a $5,000 bond on the bail jumping/FTA charge and a $100,000 bond on the burglary warrant, according to jail reports.
FM 275 Traffic Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Justin Wilkerson stopped black Dodge 2500 pickup at 10:50 p.m. Saturday, March 13, on FM 275 south at County Road 1143 for a defective right head light.
Upon contact with the driver and passenger, Wilkerson alleged he detected an odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the truck. Wilkerson had both get out of the truck and asked HCSO communications operators to conduct a records check using the pair’s ID information while he conducted a probable cause search of the pickup. A small amount of drug paraphernalia was reportedly located. Dispatchers advised the passenger was wanted in Delta County on an evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charge.
Thus, Deputy Chris Baumann, who arrived to assist Wilkerson, took 33-year-old Curtis Oneal Adams of Sulphur Springs into custody and transported him to jail on the Delta County warrant. The driver was released in the vehicle without incident, the deputies alleged in arrest reports.
Adams was held in Hopkins County jail Monday morning, March 15, 2021, for Delta County, according to jail reports.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040.