Abilene Police: Drug, theft arrests made

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer John Lopez contacted a motorist in the 1400 block of North Mockingbird Lane. Officer Lopez contacted the female driver and observed that she displayed indicators of intoxication. Officer Lopez also smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The investigation revealed that the driver had been drinking that day. The driver conducted standard filed sobriety tests which she performed poorly. A records check revealed that the driver had two prior convictions for DWI. A mandatory blood sample was taken and the driver was arrested on an enhanced charge of 3rd-degree felony DWI based on her previous convictions. This investigation continues.  

At about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Officers Michael Janusz and Robert Brannon responded to a call for service at the mall located in the 4300 block of Buffalo Gap Road. APD dispatch was notified that mall security personnel had contacted a male subject that possessed a large knife and that the subject was cooperative. Officer Brannon contacted the involved parties. His preliminary investigation revealed that the subject stated he had acquired the knife from a friend that had recently purchased it and that he wore the knife on his belt before going to the mall. Further investigation revealed that the knife was not purchased from the retailer that day. The subject was searched and found to be in possession of other property that Officer Brannon reported was stolen property and hidden down the subject's pants. The subject was arrested for misdemeanor Unlawful Carrying of Weapon. A report for Theft was taken and this investigation continues.

At about 3 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Andrew Valdez contacted a passenger in a motor vehicle during a traffic stop in the 4400 block of North 10th Street. Officer Valdez reported that the male passenger had discarded a cigarette out of the vehicle's window. During his contact with this subject, the subject identified himself to Officer Valdez but also provided two different ages. During the preliminary investigation Officer Valdez was unsuccessful in his attempts to conduct records checks with the subject's identifying information. The subject was arrested. A search of the subject revealed a small box that contained several pieces of a rock-like substance. The substance tested positive for cocaine. The subject also had a baggie of marijuana that fell out of his hat. Further investigation revealed that the subject had lied about his true identity. A subsequent records check revealed that the subject had an outstanding probation warrant. The subject was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine), for his warrant and for three misdemeanor offenses: Failure to Identify, Possession of Marijuana and Illegal Dumping.


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