A Copperas Cove man was arraigned June 17 on a felony charge of evading arrest in a vehicle after Killeen police said he threw drugs and alcohol out of his car window while evading, wrecking his vehicle and fleeing on foot.

According to an arrest affidavit, Reynard Lamonte Speaks, 42, disregarded a stop sign near Confederate Street and Golden Gate Avenue in Killeen, for which Killeen police attempted to make a traffic stop.

In the affidavit, police said Speaks accelerated away from police.

“As the vehicle drove away, the officer observed a large clear plastic bag come out of the driver’s side window which contained a green leafy substance, and a beer (came out the window).” The affidavit stated. “The vehicle then crashed through a privacy fence.”

Police said that soon afterward, Speaks ran from the vehicle. Speaks was found minutes later when an officer noticed him as a passenger in another vehicle.

Police said Speaks was still wearing the same clothing he was wearing when he fled and he had injuries to his leg and arm, likely caused during the crash of his vehicle.

Speaks was booked into the Bell County Jail on June 17, after being arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke. Cooke set bond at $30,000.

What will it take to make idiots understand that fleeing police is fruitless as a means to avoid apprehension? Chances are, the idiot’s license plate was noted by police before the chase began. Unless the vehicle is stolen, the police will be waiting for the idiot at his residence when he or she goes home.

Throwing drugs and/or alcohol out the window only reinforces probable cause for a stop. The discarded booty will surely be recovered by other officers.

9 shootings in week in Killeen

As we read about nine shootings in a one-week period in Killeen, Coveites breathe a sigh of relief that the violence is there, not here.

Rejoice not! Killeen is next door. As the legal heat is applied against the shooters in particular and gangs in general, the violence is subject to grow legs and move, if only temporarily.

We saw Killeen’s violence exported to Cove last year with a homicide in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Both the suspects and the victim were from Killeen. The plot and the incident originated in Killeen.

Make no mistake, there are gang members in Copperas Cove, too.

Police have an obligation to identify gang members in our community and share that information with other police departments in the area for entry into a database.

Hopefully, Killeen police will get a handle on the gang violence and crush it before it expands to neighboring cities.

Assaults

Twelve assaults were reported this week. Of this disgusting number, five involved family violence. One of these was a despicable aggravated sexual assault of a child.

  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 13 in the 1300 block of Travis Circle.
  • An assault by contact was reported June 14 in the 800 block of Mathew Circle.
  • An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was reported June 14 in the 900 block of Traci Drive. This is a felony offense.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 16 in the 600 block of West Avenue E.
  • An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was reported June 17 in the 1200 block of South Third Street. This is a felony offense.
  • Two separate counts of assault by contact were reported June 18 in the 2900 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 18 in the 3000 block of Lois Circle.
  • An aggravated sexual assault of a child was reported June 19.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported June 19 in the 800 block of Park Avenue.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 19 in the 1800 block of Pleasant Lane.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported June 19 in the 300 block of Erby Avenue.

Theft/burglary

The thieves were out in force this week. Sixteen thefts/ burglaries were reported during the week. To prevent a recurrence of this number, take my advice: Take-it, hide-it, lock-it! IF you leave your vehicle unlocked with valuables in plain view, you suffer a theft, you deserve what you get!

  • The theft of electronics valued at $5,325 was reported June 13 in the 700 bock of North 19th Street.
  • A burglary of a residence with intent to commit assault was reported June 13 in the 400 block of Creek Street.
  • The theft of a cellphone was reported June 14 in the 400 block of South 25th Street.
  • The theft of electronics and ID cards from a residence was reported June 14 in the 1600 block of North Main Street.
  • The theft of a VCR and jewelry from a building was reported June 14 in the 400 block of Veterans Avenue.
  • The theft of general merchandise and currency was reported June 16 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • The theft of a mailbox was reported June 16 in the 400 block of Sunset Lane.
  • A theft of electronics and groceries from a residence was reported June 16 in the 300 block of Janelle
  • A burglary of a vehicle and debit card abuse was reported June 17 in the 400 block of West Anderson Avenue.
  • A theft was reported June 18 in the 800 block of North Fifth Street.
  • A theft was reported June 18 in the 400 block of Veterans Avenue.
  • A theft was reported June 18 in the 500 block of Sumac Trail.
  • A theft was reported June 18 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft of electronics was reported June 19 in the 1200 block of Ritter Street.
  • A theft of service was reported June 19 in the 4100 block of Primrose Drive.
  • The theft of a compound bow from a vehicle was reported June 19 in the 800 block of North First Street.

Other crimes

  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported June 13 in the 300 block of Barber Drive.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 13 in the 300 block of North Drive.
  • Harassment was reported June 14 in the 600 block of West Avenue B.
  • False statement to obtain property or credit was reported June 14 in the 2600 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190. This crime can involve attempting to pawn stolen property or providing false information or collateral to obtain credit.
  • Criminal mischief was reported was reported June 15 in the 12000 block of Walt Morgan Circle.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported June 15 in the 100 block of Wolfe Road.
  • Violation of a protective order was reported June 15 in the 200 block of Cove Terrace. The violator will be caused to face the same judge who issued the protective order.
  • Criminal mischief was reported was reported June 16 in the 200 block of Erby Avenue.
  • Reckless damage was reported June 16 in the 400 block of East Avenue D.
  • The sale of a tobacco product to a minor was reported June 16 in the 200 block of Liberty Bell Lane.
  • The sale of a tobacco product too a minor was reported June 16 in the 300 block of North First Street.
  • The sale of a tobacco product to a minor was reported June 18 in the 500 block of north First Street. Retail vendors beware! TABC agents are out in an effort to try to catch you selling tobacco and alcohol to minors.
  • Debit card abuse was reported June 17 in the 2100 block of Griffin Drive.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 17 in the 800 block of Rodeo Circle.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 17 in the 3200 block of Sabrina Lane.
  • Criminal mischief was reported June 18 in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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