By CHERIL VERNON
A 28-year-old Palestine man remained in the Anderson County Jail Friday after being found in possession of illegal drugs and leading officers on a foot chase following a traffic stop in Palestine Thursday.
According to Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor, Sgt. Brian Chason stopped a white Chrysler 300 for failure to maintain a single lane around 2 p.m. Thursday at the Valero gas station at 2210 Crockett Rd. after following the vehicle northbound toward Palestine from the U.S. 287/Texas 19 and FM 2419 intersection.
Alejandro Alvarado Guerreo was eventually arrested for possession of a controlled substance-PG1A (less than a 1 gram of methamphetamine) and intent/evading arrest, according to the sheriff.
“He gave consent to search the car where Sgt. Chason found a loaded pistol. It was a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic 9 mm pistol — easily accessible to the driver behind the passenger seat,” Taylor said.
That’s when the suspect fled the scene, causing about a 30-minute foot chase, Taylor said, running behind Taco Bell toward Ben Milam (street) and eventually across Crockett Road.
“I had four to five officers in the area trying to corral him. With the help of Game Warden Rob Sadowski, they were able to get him into custody around Yaupon Street in a wooded area,” Taylor said. “He did not resist arrest at that point. He was scratched up from running through the woods and jumping over fences.”
Found in his vehicle were scales and cutters including packaging indicating the suspect may be a narcotics dealer, Taylor said.
“We also believe he’s probably here illegally,” Taylor said, noting his identification is being checked with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
As of Friday morning, the suspect had not seen a judge and his traffic violation was still pending. While the car was insured, Guerreo did not have a driver’s license, the sheriff said.
“From information we have and the trace amount of drugs found on him, we believe he had a lot more drugs in the car and pitched the drugs with the more significant amounts when he ran,” Taylor said.