BELTON — A Belton man spent his 45th birthday in Bell County Jail on Monday after a traffic violation led to his arrest on a felony escape warrant, Lt. Donnie Adams, a Bell County Sheriff’s Department spokesman, said Tuesday.

Bell County deputies stopped Alfred Howard Prejean on Farm-to-Market 439 on Sunday on a traffic violation.

At first, he gave deputies a false name, but eventually they got his correct name and discovered he had a warrant out of Bell County for driving with an invalid driver’s license and one from the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole, Adams said.

Further investigation uncovered another arrest warrant had been issued for Prejean’s escape from the U.S. Marshal’s Office, a third-degree felony offense.

A Bell County grand jury indicted Prejean in January on a charge of possession with intent to deliver 1 gram or more of methamphetamine.

The arrest was based on a Dec. 27 arrest at his job on a federal probation violation warrant. During a search, Belton police officers found a nylon zipper case with a plastic baggie inside it. The case included a crystal-like substance, two green pills and four other numbered baggies with a crystal substance, according to the arrest affidavit. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine. The methamphetamine weighed about 4 grams. Prejean remained in Bell County Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $7,000.

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