HARKER HEIGHTS — A man is facing a felony charge after he managed to escape from the back of a police car shortly after being arrested Thursday.

Edwin Crencio Piedra, 21, was stopped by Harker Heights police while driving in the area of South Ann Drive and Veterans Memorial Boulevard. A narcotics dog was called to the scene and alerted police to drugs in the vehicle, according to an arrest affidavit.

As police were searching the vehicle, the passenger in Piedra’s car ran away from police.

One officer gave chase, while another placed Piedra in handcuffs and put him in the back of a police cruiser. The second officer then left in another car to help find the fleeing man.

The officers returned to find the cruiser empty, and Piedra’s car was gone. They reportedly found Piedra driving the vehicle on Roy Reynolds Drive. Piedra refused to pull over, and ran a red light before coming to a stop at a gas station in the 1600 block of Farm-to-Market 439.

Piedra was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Friday on a felony charge of evading arrest in a motor vehicle. His bail was set at $50,000.

Cooke also arraigned the following individuals on unrelated charges Friday:

Deandre Lavon Makekau, 18, on a charge of burglary of a habitation. Makekau’s bail was set at $50,000.

Roberto Jay Silvas, 17, on a charge of burglary of a habitation. Silvas’ bail was set at $50,000.

Stacey Lee Carter, 27, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine in an amount of less than 1 gram. Carter’s bail was set at $20,000.

Darren Jarvis, 35, on a charge of evading arrest in a motor vehicle. Jarvis’ bail was set at $20,000.

Contact Chris McGuinness at chrism@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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