Three men were jailed in Hopkins County Thursday on controlled substance and related warrants, including a man spotted driving a tractor, one arrested in Lamar County and one found at a rural residence.
CR 4798 Tractor Stop
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Aaron Chaney and Sgt. Scott Davis spotted a tractor being operated on FM 2285 near County Road 4760 Thursday night. While that alone might not be unusual for a county road nor grounds for a traffic stop, the identity of the tractor operator was. Deputies recognized him as Brian Chace Bass, a 34-year-old Saltillo man wanted on two felony charges.
Deputies let Bass to operate the tractor until it could be parked on the CR 4798 property where it belonged and where they had also received a tip that the man had been residing. The man was taken into custody at 10:21 p.m. June 24, 2021, and transported to the county jail.
Bass remained in Hopkins County jail Friday afternoon, June 25, 2021, on the warrants for manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone and tampering with physical evidence charges; His bonds totaled $45,000: $35,000 on the controlled substance charge and $10,000 on the tampering charge, according to jail reports. The offenses, according to arrest reports, are alleged to have occurred on June 16, 2021.
The arrest marked the second time this month that Bass has been jailed locally. He was also booked June 17 on an expired registration charge, then released later that day.
CR 4615 Warrant Arrest
HCSO Sgt. Scott Davis and Deputy Justin Wilkerson Thursday evening were made aware of an outstanding warrant for Christopher Lee Skeen Jr.‘s arrest. The deputies traveled to the man’s County Road 4615 residence, located him and served the warrant.
The 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man was taken into custody at 7:52 p.m.. He was booked on the warrant for manufacture or delivery of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance in a drug-free zone. The offense is alleged to have occurred on June 16, 2021.
Skeen remained in Hopkins county jail on the controlled substance charge. He had his bond revoked on a forgery of financial instrument charge. Bond was set at $35,000 on the controlled substance charge. He was held Friday, June 25, 2021, on the bond revocation charge.
Jail reports show he was first arrested June 25, 2020, on a warrant for the forgery charge on and was released from jail the next day on a $5,000 bond.
Lamar County Arrest
A 42-year-old Mesquite man was arrested in Lamar County on a Hopkins County warrant. Anthony Keith Byrd Sr. was transported to Hopkins County Law Enforcement Center. Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Kevin Lester escorted him into the jail at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, June 24, 2021.
Byrd was booked at 3:53 p.m. into jail on the warrant for bond forfeiture on a violation of probation-possession of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charges. He was held in Hopkins County jail Friday, June 25, 2021, without bond on the charge.
The arrest marked the second time this year that Byrd has been in custody in Hopkins County jail. He spent March 4 through March 18, 2021 in the county jail on for violation of probation, which he was on for the Dec. 14, 2018 controlled substance charge.
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.