Since July 1, Van Alstyne Police have answered 265 calls for service, several of which resulted in misdemeanor and felony arrests, reported Chief Tim Barnes.
On July 6, police were called to an area in East Jefferson where people said a woman was going door to door, acting aggressively and appearing to have been intoxicated. The responding officers located the woman, who Barnes said is not a Van Alstyne resident. They determined she was intoxicated and possibly on narcotics as well. Barnes said when the officer attempted to place the woman under arrest, the suspect began fighting, striking the officer numerous times. Two neighborhood people helped the officer get the combative female under control, and then into custody. Jail records show, as of Tuesday evening, the suspect remained in the Grayson County Jail on a charge of assault on a public servant with bail set at $5,000.
On Sunday, it was neighbors who called police again to report people were walking around vacant homes on or near Kelly Lane. Once police arrived, a suspect took off in a van, and got onto U.S. Highway 75 going north. Barnes said police gave pursuit and Howe Police assisted by successfully placing spikes to disable the vehicle. The driver kept going with police still giving chase, until the pursuit stopped in Sherman. Officers jailed the woman on a charge of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. Barnes said it was later determined the van had been stolen in Frisco, and Plano Police had been in pursuit of it, but terminated that chase in Melissa. He said, too, they found several stolen credit cards inside the vehicle and as the investigation continues, this suspect could face more charges.
Then, on Monday, police were called to a convenience store because someone left it without paying for several items. Police determined this suspect had been a passenger in the stolen van and placed him under arrest as well, on a charge of failure to identify a fugitive by giving false information. They also served four outstanding warrants on this suspect. Two of those warrants were issued in Collin County and both also charged him with failure to identify a fugitive by giving false information. The other two were issued in Dallas County and charged him with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
As of Tuesday evening, both suspects remained behind bars.
Also on Monday, officers stopped a southbound vehicle on Hwy. 75 during the overnight hours because of a traffic violation. The officer, through using standard procedure during a traffic stop, found an outstanding warrant against this suspect, a Tulsa man, charging him with theft between $500-$1,500, and issued by Collin County authorities. He paid his bail of $2,500 in surety bonds and was released later that day. Barnes said he gave police no resistance.