Recent Texas Parks and Wildlife law enforcement reports compile the following items.
On Feb. 15, a Real County game warden assisted the Real County Sheriff’s Department on a call about a reckless driver that officials had pulled over just south of Leakey. After the deputy made contact with the driver, he told the game warden the driver was acting very nervous. While the deputy was running the driver’s information the subject sped away and a pursuit ensued. Real County sheriff’s office, the game warden, the DPS trooper, and the Real County Constable were involved. After pursuing the subject for about five miles south of Leakey, the person stopped and fled on foot. The driver ran towards the Frio river and jumped in the river. The game warden drove to the other side of the river to try and apprehend the subject, but the person made it back across the river. A bystander told the warden where he crossed the river again, and he and the other officers began a search for the subject. While waiting for the Edwards County sheriff’s office K9 unit to arrive, the game warden was continuing the search when he heard someone sneeze in the tall grass. The warden began searching the area and shortly after found the subject in a ditch covered up with grass. The person was apprehended transported to the Real County Jail. The subject said he fled because he was scared and was out on bond. He also had two bags of marijuana stuffed in his boots.
What Happens at the Lake House
On Feb. 8, Llano County game wardens responded to shots fired call with deputies. Multiple callers stated that an individual in a subdivision was shooting an automatic rifle at a buoy in the lake. It was near houses and toward boats in the water. Officers located d rental house with eight people, where they identified the shooter. The shooter admitted to hiding the rifle inside the residence. They gave consent to search the property, which yielded the rifle, bags of marijuana, unprescribed Adderall, and psilocybin mushrooms. Officers arrested a total of five people for charges ranging from possession of marijuana, deadly conduct, a third-degree felony, and possession of controlled substance one to four grams, a second-degree felony.
Stop Methin’ Around
On Feb. 10, an Ellis County game warden received a call from the Cedar Hill Police Chief to discuss issues and complaints they were receiving in a rural part of the city where their officers couldn’t easily access. After the game warden met with the chief and lieutenant, he patrolled the area and located a white truck trespassing with the driver still sitting in the vehicle. A meth pipe was in his hunting jacket, and the suspect admitted to waiting on his friend to go hog hunting. The game warden located 1.6 grams of meth in the vehicle and a loaded 30-30 rifle. The suspect was a convicted felon, and the gun came back as stolen out of Montgomery County. The subject was arrested and placed in the Ellis County Jail. Multiple charges are pending.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Dumb
On Feb. 22, while patrolling the San Jacinto River for fishing license violations in eastern Montgomery County, San Jacinto, and Montgomery County game wardens heard a gunshot that sounded extremely close. After looking at a map, they noticed a pipeline about 50 yards away. As they made their way down the pipe, the wardens noticed a pickup and ATV tucked away into the woods. While approaching the pickup, they witnessed two individuals tucking things into the toolbox of the truck. It appeared they had interrupted what was about to be a hunt without consent case. Officers found a bag of hog-wild attractant in the toolbox, a shotgun with buckshot, and a rifle with a thermal scope. The ATV had been reported stolen out of Liberty County in 2018, so it was seized for further investigation. The registered owner of the ATV listed a guide on his hunting lease as his primary suspect. The guide just happened to be the same individual in possession of the ATV. Charges Pending.
On Feb. 15, a Sabine County game warden observed a truck traveling on State Highway 87 near Milam, Texas, with inoperable taillights and license plate lights. The warden initiated a traffic stop on, and upon contacting the driver and passenger, the warden located a white-tailed buck deer in the bed of the truck. After a brief interview, the warden was able to obtain a confession from the individuals. Someone had shot the deer from the road with the aid of artificial light. Both subjects were arrested for hunting white-tailed deer at night and hunting with the help of artificial light. Cases Pending.
Food Truck Bandits
Montgomery County’s game warden returned to recovered a stolen game camera from a previous hunting case to the land manager of a local development company. The game warden learned that they had been having theft issues from the active construction areas on some of their development properties. The warden and a Grimes County game warden made a pass through the development while on routine patrol the evening of Feb. 15 and witnessed four individuals loading thousands of dollars of construction materials into the back of two pickup trucks. When the wardens contacted the group, they claimed that an unnamed friend who worked there told them they could have what they were taking. The land manager was able to quickly contact the construction superintendent of the project who verified that no one other than him had the authority to give away material, and he did not give anyone permission to take anything. Officers arrested all four individuals for theft between $750-$2,500, a class A misdemeanor. Upon further questioning, the group caught stealing were discovered as the drivers of food trucks for several local developments, including the one they were in when caught.