At approximately 6:30 pm Tuesday night, Oct. 24, Melissa Police attempted to stop a vehicle for a minor traffic stop. That is when the driver decided to run, Assistant Police Chief of the Melissa Police Department Roger Thornhill said.
“The suspect fled and headed southbound on Hwy 5,” Thornhill said. The suspect drove from Melissa to Sherman, crossing through both Collin and Grayson counties. Once the fleeing driver reached Sherman, he proceeded to weave through traffic, jump and curb and head back north on Hwy 75.
“The suspect headed back toward Anna, and that is when the police deployed tire spikes,” Thornhill said. “The spikes deflated both of the front tires.”
The vehicle stopped and the suspect was apprehended on the west service road by the Flying J truck stop without incident, Thornhill said.
Melissa Police Department arrested 31-year-old man and transported him to the Collin County Jail. He is being held at the Collin County Jail on three separate charges — evading arrest, manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence with intent to impair. The total bond amount for Stockton is $22,500.
Thornhill said that sometime during the pursuit, the suspect threw a bag the window. The bag, full of suspected narcotics, was retrieved and sent for testing.
Thornhill also said nobody was injured during the pursuit and arrest.