Though we only had 45 calls, this last week was filled with police activity. Tragedy struck last Tuesday when officers were dispatched to IH-35 for an accident. Sadly, a 17-year-old male, who was the sole occupant, did not survive the one-vehicle collision. It has been many years since we had a fatality collision investigation. Lt. Dear and Cpl. Robison received assistance from Ofc. D. Lopez and Ofc. A. Lopez, they were both called in from their days off. They did a great job. Lt. Dear also handled problems with our radio repeater, it broke down. He was able to coordinate with STRAC (South Texas Regional Advisory Council) and they brought down a fancy communications trailer and got us up and running. This will keep our officers safe as we work to get our system replaced.
We had four arrests this past week. A traffic stop by Ofc. A. Lopez (assisted by Capt. Reyes) resulted in the arrest of one fellow for possession of marijuana. A traffic stop (for making an illegal U-turn) by Cpl. Robison and Ofc. S. Peña resulted in the arrest of a guy for possession of meth, possession of morphine pills, and unlawfully carrying a handgun. Another arrestee wasn’t very careful either. His big F250 pick-up shot diagonally across an intersection and almost collided with a patrol vehicle being operated by Ofc. A. Lopez. Lopez pulled behind the guy, who came to a stop at a gas station, and ran the plate. Stolen truck out of SAPD! The driver was arrested, he turned out to be a nice fellow … just a bad driver and maybe a stealer of trucks. While three of the four arrests were traffic stop related, we did have one shoplifter at H-E-B Plus who went to jail. Lt. Dear and Cpl. Robison responded to the store and loss prevention had him detained. He pushed out a basket of groceries valued at a little over $200. The officers said he seemed to be a genuinely nice guy. I think it’s important to remember that a lot of good people make bad choices.
The only other property crime was a shoplifter at the Texas Western Wearhouse. He selected two pairs of fancy boots and “hit the door.” He tossed them in the bed of his pickup and took off. I guess he wanted something nice to wear to the rodeo this year.
RICHEY PRIEST is the Lytle Chief of Police. You may reach him at richard. email@example.com.