Suspect flees twice, run down both times by police

A 19-year-old Rockdale man remains in the Milam County Jail after police said he ran from them tw ice Monday and was recaptured both times.

Bradley Joe Morales is charged with escape from custody and evading arrest or detention. Bond was set at $5,000.

Police Chief Thomas Harris said Ofc. Bryan Lightfoot was called to a West Cameron Ave. (US 79) location to investigate a criminal trespass call. "The suspect was located near Miller- Starnes Chevrolet-Buick, ran from Ofc. Lightfoot and was caught a short distance away," Harris said.

"Then when the subject was brought back to the police station to be booked, he ran again," Harris said. "This time he was caught by Ofc. Ethan Patton and the booking process was concluded."

Drug arrest

A passenger in a Thursday traffic stop was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police found a crack cocaine rock, according to Harris.

Melvin Lee Goss, 39, is being held in the Milam County Jail.

Police said Goss was also wanted on a warrant for an unpaid fine.

Vandalism, theft

Three instances of vandalism involved vehicles parked on Calhoun Street during the week.

Police said a vehicle sustained $1,000 in damages when it was keyed. Another vehicle had all four tires cut and a handgun stolen from it.

An arrest warrant has been issued in connection with an incident in which a suspect was paid $2,500 to repair a diesel engine. "It's alleged the suspect took both the money and the engine, which is valued at $8,500," Harris said.


No serious injuries were reported in two accidents investigated by police during the past week.

Police said a motorcycle operated by Harold Lee Parsley Jr. struck a street barricade at the Kay Theatre during the free movie presentation at 9:01 p.m. Thursday. Minor damages were reported.

Vehicles operated by George Malone and Landon Von Rosenberg, both of Rockdale, were in collision at 11:11 a.m. Friday on US 79 in front of Texas Fajita.

Police said damages were minor to the Von Rosenberg car and moderate to the Malone pickup.


Police said 23 tickets for speeding were issued during the week, along with six for no MVI sticker, five each for allowing an unlicensed person to drive and no driver's license, three each for driving while license invalid and failure to maintain financial responsibility, two each for disregarding traffic device, no seat belt, failure to change name/ address and running a stop sign and one for permitting an unlicensed person to drive.


Police answered 168 calls over the past week, and 125 through the 911 system.


Tips on any crime listed above may be phoned in to Milam County CrimeStoppers, toll-free, at 1-888-697-TIPS (8477).

A reward of up to $1,000 may be paid, police said.

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