Weatherford Democrat

March 4, 2014

POLICE BLOTTER: Stolen vehicle alert leads to pursuit, arrests


Weatherford Democrat

High-speed pursuit

Police responded Friday evening around 5:23 p.m. to a report of a possible stolen vehicle located at a business in the 100 block of Interstate 20 West. An officer found the vehicle with two people inside. As the officer approached the car, it reportedly took off, beginning a high-speed pursuit.

Police said during the pursuit something was thrown from the vehicle, which was found and allegedly contained drugs and drug paraphernalia. The vehicle stopped and the driver, Abby N. Helmuth, 20, of Abilene, and the passenger, identified as Iris Berrios, 26, of Weatherford, were placed under arrest and transported to the Parker County Jail.

Helmuth was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading detention or arrest, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance and on outstanding Azle Police Department warrants and remained in Parker Jail under bonds and fines totaling more than $35,000. Berrios was charged with tampering with physical evidence and possession of a controlled substance and remained jailed under bonds totaling $17,500.



Armed threats and arrests

Police were called to a residence around 11 p.m. Saturday in reference to a disturbance. The 48-year-old male complainant stated that Gabrielle Bradford, 40, of Argyle, entered and remained inside his residence without his consent and refused to leave. The complainant said the female, a known family member, then displayed a weapon that placed him in fear of imminent serious injury. Officers were told the suspect left in a vehicle that was found and stopped in the 4000 block of East Interstate 20.

Inside the vehicle police reportedly recovered a Llama .22-caliber pistol and magazine, nine rounds of bullets  and one fire shell casing. The vehicle was impounded.

The driver, Brian Bradford, 44, also of Argyle, was taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle in a public place while intoxicated while Bradford was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon. He was released after posting bond Monday.

Gabrielle Bradford was charged with criminal trespass and making terroristic threats and was also released Monday after posting bond, according to jail records.



Parole violator arrested

Sent Monday morning to a business in the 100 block of West Interstate 20 on a disturbance call, Weatherford police identified one of the subjects involved as Garland Scott Johnson, 45, of Fort Worth. A computer check of Johnson found him wanted on a parole violation warrant. He was arrested and booked into Parker County Jail, where he remained jailed Tuesday with no bond.



Fraudulent check passing

A 72-year-old Parker County man reported someone used his personal information to create checks and pass them at a Weatherford business.



Home burglary

Weatherford police on Monday investigated a reported residential burglary in the 700 block of Palo Pinto Street. The victim told police the burglary, which occurred between Feb. 22-24, was the work of known suspects. Household goods valued at approximately $610 were taken.



Possession of drug paraphernaliaA Weatherford officer working school zone enforcement Monday afternoon at Bill Wright Elementary School reportedly observed a blue four-door passenger vehicle traveling westbound at a rate of speed above the posted speed limit.

The vehicle was stopped in the 700 block of Old Brock Road. During the investigation it was determined that a 20-year-old occupant of the car was in possession of drug paraphernalia. Baker was issued a citation for the offense and a marijuana pipe was confiscated.



More check fraud

A 51-year-old woman said someone used her identity and bank information to create an electronic check and purchase items at a Weatherford retail store in the amount of $370.23.



Tax filing fraud

A 51-year-old woman told police someone used her Social Security number along with her mailing address to file taxes without her consent.



Unnecessary noise

Police around 2:43 a.m. Tuesday were called to a residence in the 700 block of Santa Fe Drive in reference to a loud music complaint. Officers responding said they could hear “a loud stereo playing rock music” from outside the apartment. After much knocking, a white male reportedly answered the door and identified himself as the roommate of the offender. The individual was described by police as non-compliant and intoxicated. He was issued a citation for violation of the city’s noise ordinance.



Teen arrested for pot possession

An 18-year-old was arrested for pot possession following a traffic stop Saturday night.

A Weatherford officer reported stopping a vehicle at 8:19 p.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of Fort Worth Highway for failing to maintain a single lane and speeding.

The officer advised he could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle as he spoke to the driver, identified as Kele Jones, of Santo. Jones reportedly gave verbal consent to search the vehicle, where a black smoking pipe and a clear plastic baggy of marijuana were allegedly found in the center console.

Jones was taken into custody for possessing a usable amount of marijuana, less than 2 ounces. He was released from Parker County Jail Sunday afternoon after posting $750 bail.



Jail meth

Around 3 a.m. Sunday, two Weatherford police officers were at a business in the 100 block of Santa Fe Drive when a man, later identified as Joshua Johnson, 26, of Weatherford, was observed behind a business center in the 200 block of Fort Worth Highway. Johnson was seen to “abruptly turn around and disappear from view” after seeing the officers, according to a report. While subsequently conducting a business check, Johnson was seen walking southbound in the 200 block of South Walnut Street.

Johnson was determined to be intoxicated in public and was arrested. Once inside Parker County Jail, Johnson was found in possession of a controlled substance, identified as methamphetamine, and he was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility. He remained in Parker County Jail under bonds totaling $10,800.



Teen arrested for DUI

At 7:04 p.m. Sunday, police were reportedly dispatched to a minor accident near mile marker 410 on Interstate 20 West involving a 2005 Dodge pickup driven by Turner Walker, 19, of Weatherford. Police said Walker had a detectable amount of alcohol in his system. Walker was arrested for DUI-Minor and transported to Parker County Jail. He was released early Monday morning after paying a $329 fine.



Drunk in public – again

Around 2:01 p.m. Saturday, a Weatherford police officer was dispatched to an intoxicated person call at West Spring and Harcourt streets. There, the officer reportedly found Vincente C. Garcia, who reportedly displayed signs of intoxication and was arrested for public intoxication.

Garcia has three prior convictions for public intoxication within the past 24 months, police said. He was jailed under a $1,000 bond.