Weatherford Democrat

February 1, 2013

Officer dragging suspect arrested


Weatherford Democrat

— By CHRISTIN COYNE

A man that authorities say dragged a Springtown patrol officer with his vehicle Saturday was arrested at his home without incident Wednesday evening.

Cody Scott Sherwood, 22, has been charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault of a public servant with a deadly weapon, third-degree felony evading arrest or detention with a vehicle and third-degree felony assault family violence with a previous conviction.

Springtown Police Lt. Curtis Stone said an officer was dispatched Saturday to the 600 block of East 6th Street for a domestic between Sherwood and his father.

When the patrol officer arrived, Sherwood was found in a vehicle trying to leave, according to Stone. When the officer attempted to open the vehicle door, Sherwood "gassed it" and took off, dragging the officer a short distance before he was able to get free, Stone said.

Sherwood then reportedly drove away.

The officer had some minor injuries, Stone said.

When police served the warrants at his house Wednesday evening, Sherwood would not answer the door but officers found an open door, made entry and arrested Sherwood, according to Stone.

It’s the third arrest of the year for Sherwood, who has been arrested multiple times the past five years and served time in the Parker County Jail last year after being convicted of misdemeanor assault family violence. 

Embezzlement arrest

A woman accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from an East Parker County company was arrested on a second-degree felony theft charge Wednesday.

A representative with TG Mercer Consulting Services, a pipe transportation company, contacted the Parker County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 7 and reported that Danielle Sherrie Jordan, a prior employee, had stolen over $140,000 from the company between January 2012 and October, Parker County Sheriff’s investigator Stephen Barnes wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

Jordan is believed to have taken the money while employed as a staff accountant in payroll, a position that gave her access to all employees’ information, Barnes wrote.

The company representative stated that Jordan used the names of former employees to make fraudulent payroll checks and changed direct deposit information to deposit the checks into an account known to be hers, according to the probable cause affidavit filed with Justice of the Peace Suzie Merkley.

Barnes obtained grand jury subpoenas for all bank accounts known to belong to Jordan and found that Jordan made unauthorized deposits between February 2011 and October 2012 totaling nearly $102,000.

He was unable to reach her at her residence or by phone, the investigator wrote.

Jail records indicate Jordan posted $50,000 bond and was released from the Parker County Jail Friday.

Jordan did not return a message left by the Democrat by deadline.