I love it when a plan comes together. What plan? The plan the police have for apprehending anyone who chooses to flee in an effort to evade arrest or detention.

Very few get away, and once your identity is known, the police know where to wait for your return.

The tools police use for this purpose are few by requirement but very effective. They are observant traits and training, a Motorola communications radio, state and national databases and years of experience.

Anyone who flees from police, particularly in a vehicle has a fool for a driver.

Case in point is a 32-year- old woman was jailed following a routine traffic stop in Harker Heights, during which she allegedly evaded arrest.

Laprea Shaveese Jones was arraigned Dec. 8 by Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin.

On Dec. 7, a Harker Heights police officer stopped Jones’ vehicle after a database check identified the driver as having an active arrest warrant, according to an arrest affidavit.

According to the arrest affidavit, during the traffic stop, the officer asked Jones to turn off her engine and afterward, Jones drove away.

Police located the vehicle a short distance from the location of the traffic stop after it had run off the road, according to the affidavit.

Also according to the affidavit, Jones was allegedly running from the vehicle when the officer arrested her.

On Dec. 8, Jones was being held in the Bell County Jail on a $20,000 bond.


A Harker Heights woman stands accused of possessing a controlled substance after finding her in a vehicle reported stolen.

Faith Ann Bean, 35, was arraigned by a Bell County Justice of the Peace on Dec. 9 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance/ Methamphetamine less than 1 gram.

According to an arrest warrant, police noticed a stolen vehicle in a parking lot and approached the vehicle.

As officers neared the vehicle, they observed Bean enter the vehicle, according to the affidavit. During the contact with Bean, police obtained permission to search her purse.

According to the affidavit, the search led to the discovery of several syringes and a white substance that tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine in an amount less than 1 gram.

Police said they also recovered the keys to the stolen vehicle.

Bean was transported to the Bell County Jail on Dec. 10 in lieu of a $25,000 bond.

Grand jury action

On Dec. 9, the Bell County grand jury indicted three Heights residents on felony crimes.

Alisha M. Watts, 27 of Harker Heights was indicted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram.

Bobby Lee Bondurant, 54, or Harker Heights, was indicted on a charge of driving while intoxicated third or more offense.

Jordan Lynn-Racha Blankenship, 33,of Harker Heights, was indicted on a charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit theft.

Readers may recall that Blankenship was arrested after being surprised by a homeowner while committing a residential burglary in the 500 block of Roy Reynolds Drive in October 2015. Police arrested Blankenship a short distance from the home she is accused of burglarizing still wearing a jacket stolen from the home.

I believe it is important for the citizens as well as the criminals to see a criminal case come full circle from arrest and arraignment, through indictment to the criminal courts and finally to the disposition of the case.

This reassures good citizens that the system works and it serves as a deterrent to criminals who may see themselves getting the same results.

John Vander WERFF is a 30-year veteran of law enofrcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.

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

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