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Police arrest cocaine suspect fleeing bar
by Gary Kent
Mar 26, 2010 | 1584 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 32-year-old Beeville man learned last week that it is better to listen to a police officer than to try to avoid him.

According to a report filed by Field Training Officer Art Gamez, the arrest of Francisco Garza Jr. was the result of a call from the River Bend Sports Bar, 1602 N. St. Mary’s St., the evening of March 16.

The officer was told that a man at that location was refusing to leave.

Gamez searched the area and discovered a man by the swimming pool next to the bar. When Gamez tried to get the man to stop for questioning, he fled and crashed into a wall and fence, according to police.

The man then ran to the second floor of the motel portion of the property and Gamez shouted for him to stop.

“Who me?” the man asked.

“Yes, you,” Gamez responded.

Instead of complying with the officer, the suspect began dropping clear plastic bags and some loose, white powder on the ground. Then he ran west in an attempt to escape, according to police.

“Police, stop!” Gamez hollered.

Gamez and other officers managed to catch up with the fleeing man and they said he verbally resisted their attempts to detain him.

“What’s the problem, man?” the suspect said as he was handcuffed.

The suspect was booked on numerous charges, including delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine, more than one gram in a drug-free zone.

That charge is a second degree felony punishable by a up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

His attempts to escape resulted in a third degree felony charge of tampering with physical evidence, evading arrest or detention with a prior conviction, a state jail felony, and public intoxication, which is a Class C misdemeanor.

If convicted of the third degree felony, Garza could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison and fined $10,000.

The punishment for a conviction on the state jail felony could land him in a state jail facility for two years and result in a $10,000 fine.

Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a $500 fine.

Garza was released on surety bonds totaling $8,000 on March 17, the day after his arrest.

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