Abilene Crime Stoppers tip leads to fugitive's arrest

ABILENE, Texas - A 38-year-old man described as a fugitive has been arrested for a parole violation after an Abilene Crime Stoppers' tip led to him being found.

Darius D. Johnson, who had previously been found guilty of attempted murder, was located about 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

Johnson was arrested without incident at an apartment in the 4000 block of South 7th Street.

Citizens who prefer to report their observations concerning crime can do so anonymously by calling Abilene Crimes Stoppers at (325) 676-TIPS (8477).

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From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 9:15 p.m. Thursday, Officer Alfred Dixon contacted a motorist in the 1500 block of Pine Street for a traffic violation. K-9 Officer Jody Peavy, and his K-9 partner Cain, assisted on this traffic stop. Officer Dixon contacted the male driver who was wearing a black hat. Another occupant was also in the vehicle. During the investigation, the K-9 alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed that the black hat contained one small rock-like substance that tested positive for cocaine. A records check also revealed that the driver had one outstanding municipal arrest warrant. The driver was arrested for the warrant and felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).

At about 1:25 a.m. Friday, Sgt. Tim Schmidt observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on North 1st Street with its headlights off and he contacted the motorist at a fast-food restaurant in the 3600 block of North 1st. The motorist had pulled into the drive-thru and when Sgt. Schmidt contacted the male driver he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. Officer Paul Martinez arrived to the scene and assisted in the investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver also displayed indicators of intoxication. The driver agreed to perform standard field sobriety tests which he performed poorly. The driver was arrested. The investigation revealed that the driver had consumed alcoholic beverages. A blood specimen was taken for analysis. The driver was booked for the offense of misdemeanor DWI. This investigation continues.

At about 3 a.m. Friday, Officers Pat Sumrall and Kevin Pruitt responded to a disturbance call at a business in the 4100 block of North 1st Street. APD dispatch had been notified of probable drug activity involving a specific male suspect who had been removed from the business but was still on the premises. The description of the suspect and an associated vehicle was provided to Patrol Division. Officers were then informed that the involved vehicle was seen leaving the business traveling eastbound. Officer Sumrall spotted the vehicle and contacted the motorist in the 3800 block of North 1st. The driver was identified as a male and a records check confirmed the driver had one outstanding municipal arrest warrant. Officer Pruitt contacted the male passenger in the vehicle. As the passenger got up from the seat to exit the vehicle, Officer Pruitt observed three small baggies of a crystal-like substance. The passenger was placed into custody. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia consisting of pipes and syringes. The paraphernalia was located between the passenger seat and door. More crystal-like substances were found under the passenger seat. The crystal-like substances tested positive for methamphetamine. Approximately 5.7 grams of methamphetamine was seized. The driver was arrested on the warrant. The passenger was arrested for felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine).


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