Killeen police arrested a 25-year-old man they said attempted to avoid arrest by dumping crack cocaine on the ground during a traffic stop.
Pierre Batiste Madere was charged with possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram, and driving while license invalid.
Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Madere on Wednesday afternoon, setting his bail at $22,000.
Police arrested Madere on Monday after an officer saw him fail to signal a turn while driving in downtown Killeen. The officer pulled Madere over near Hall and 10th streets. As the officer got out of his patrol vehicle, Madere drove off, an arrest affidavit stated.
Police followed Madere a few blocks before he pulled over again near the intersection of Avenue F and Eighth Street. A computer check showed Madere had several suspensions for being previously ticketed three times for driving with no insurance or driver’s license.
Prior to towing Madere’s car, police searched the vehicle and found a bag with a small amount of suspected cocaine. Investigators also searched the ground where Madere initially pulled over and found suspected rocks of cocaine, the affidavit stated. After removing Madere from the back of a patrol vehicle, an officer found a suspected crack pipe. All suspected drugs field tested positive as cocaine.
Cooke also arraigned the following:
- Christina Star Moore, 38, on a charge of possession of methamphetamine, less than 1 gram. Moore’s bond was set at $20,000; however, she is being held in lieu of bond on a parole violation.
- Phillip Damon Maze, 42, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram. Maze’s bond was set at $20,000.