During an attempted traffic stop Tuesday night, a 23-year-old man allegedly gave a half-hearted attempt to escape police.

Officers initially tried to pull over the driver’s Buick after he failed to use a turn signal in the 3600 block of East McKinney Street.

“He pulled back onto the roadway and made one turn and then pulled into another parking lot,” said Khristen Jones, police spokeswoman.

That simple action immediately raised potential charges from what might have been a traffic citation into something much more serious.

When the officer caught up to him, the driver initially refused to exit the vehicle, but officers pulled him out. He was arrested and searched.

Jones said the arresting officer found “a green, leafy substance in his front pocket that was shown to be marijuana.”

Ultimately, the man was arrested on charges of drug possession, resisting arrest and fleeing a police officer. As of Wednesday evening, he was held in the Denton City Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond.

Other reports

500 block of West University Drive — When confronted by Kroger employees about shoplifting, a 34-year-old woman allegedly assaulted one of the workers Tuesday afternoon.

Jones said the employees didn’t want to prosecute the woman for shoplifting because of the lack of security footage of the alleged incident. Regardless, they did want the woman criminally trespassed for the incident.

She first was confronted when an employee believed her to be shoplifting at the self checkout register. Her interaction with employees intensified when she allegedly became violent toward a worker.

“The employee said that [the woman] grabbed her by the shirt and grabbed her inner left arm in the process,” Jones said. “She said she felt pain, and officers observed a dark blue bruise.”

The 37-year-old was subsequently arrested on a charge of assault causing bodily injury.

Intersection of West Parkway Street and Carroll Boulevard — Driving while intoxicated was only one of several charges facing a 24-year-old woman following a car crash Tuesday evening.

According to witness statements, the woman ran a red light in her Toyota Corolla and hit a Toyota Camry driven by a 31-year-old. The accident is estimated to have caused less than $200 in damage to the victim’s car.

When officers arrived, the 24-year-old driver legally refused to take a field sobriety test or submit to a blood draw to determine whether she had consumed alcohol beyond the legal limit.

Officers subsequently obtained a warrant and had the blood draw conducted at a hospital, showing that the woman had been driving while intoxicated.

She eventually was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, a charge of causing a car collision and an outstanding warrant for speeding from the Carrollton Police Department.


From 6 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Denton Police Department handled 146 service and officer-initiated calls and made 13 arrests.

From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 1,069 service and officer-initiated calls for service for the agencies it serves.

MARSHALL REID can be reached at 940-566-6862 and via Twitter at @MarshallKReid.

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