Crime

The man who led police on a short vehicle pursuit that ended in an arrest near Conder Park on Tuesday was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke Wednesday.

The driver, Maurice Junior Simpson, 27, was charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

Prior to the chase Tuesday, police located a vehicle possibly connected to another investigation in front of a residence in the 700 block of Cardinal Avenue. After observing someone leave the residence and enter a different vehicle, a beige Toyota Sequoia, officers began to follow the Toyota, according to the affidavit for arrest.

Police observed the driver commit traffic offenses, including failure to stop at a stop sign and speeding, before turning on the marked patrol vehicle’s lights and sirens to attempt a traffic stop. The driver then committed other traffic offenses as the pursuit began, according to police.

Police lost sight of the vehicle until they received information that the vehicle in pursuit had stopped at a residence in the 800 block of Carrie Avenue, where it was found to be parked in the driveway. Police then received consent to search the residence, where they discovered Simpson hiding in a closet, according to the affidavit.

The arresting officers recited the Miranda rights to Simpson, at which point he waived his rights and admitted to driving the vehicle and evading police because he knew he had active warrants for his arrest, said police.

Simpson was held in the Bell County Jail on $50,000 bond as of Thursday afternoon.

In an unrelated case, Ashley Jericho, 28, was arraigned on a charge of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke on Wednesday. Her bond is $70,000.

254-501-7557 | bsodic@kdhnews.com

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