Driver sought after cocaine found in vehicle

Rockdale police are searching for a still unidentified man who fled from Ofc. Bryan Lightfoot Thursday night and wrecked his 1994 Cadillac at McCawley Oaks Village.

Lt. J. D. Newlin said an ounce of powdered cocaine was found after the Cadillac crashed through the fence at the senior citizen housing complex at 9:14 p.m.

"The driver got out and fled on foot," Newlin said. "He has not yet been captured."

Lightfoot began the pursuit near the corner of West Bell and Charles.

Minor vehicle damage was reported.

Suspect sought

Police are searching for James Robert Wilson Jr. of Gause, wanted for burglary in connection with an east Rockdale burglary during the week.

Newlin said Wilson confessed to the break-in, during which two guns and some coins were taken.

"He was supposed to turn himself in to face charges but he did not show up and we think he could have left the area," Newlin said.

Newlin said the guns were recovered but the coins are still missing.


Rodney Lynn Wooten, 44, of Needville was arrested Nov. 10 by Ofc. S. A. Smith on a Ford Bend County warrant for failure to appear/injury to a child.

Police car in wreck

A Rockdale police cruiser was involved in a three-vehicle accident near City Hall Sunday afternoon in a pursuit which involved a juvenile driver.

Ofc. Mike Hoyt attempted to stop a 1998 Chevrolet pickup in the Sherwood Forest mobile home park in far eastern Rockdale.

Police said the pursuit continued down city streets until the collision at 3:19 p.m. on Wilcox near City Hall.

Other vehicle involved was a 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Greg Strelsky of Rockdale.

The 14-year-old male juvenile was charged with evading arrest or detention with motor vehicle and issued traffic citations for no driver's license and speeding.

No injuries were reported.

A one-vehicle accident at 6:52 a.m. Saturday at the East Belton Green intersection involved a car operated by Erma Salazar of Rockdale.

No injuries were reported.

Police said no injuries were reported in a vehicle-deer collision one-fourth mile west of Rockdale at 5:25 a.m. Saturday. Driver was listed as Marilyn Gillespie of Austin.


Police said few details have emerged in their investigation into a report of aggravated sexual assault.

Newlin said a computer was taken from a car parked at Rockdale High School.


Police said traffic citations issued during the past week included six for failure to maintain financial responsibility, five for no driver's license, four each for expired license plates and running a stop sign, three for disregarding traffic control device, two each for driving while license invalid and no MVI sticker and one each for expired driver's license, no seat belt use and prohibited use of a cell phone in a school zone.

Six citations were issued for minor in possession of alcoholic beverage.

Service calls

Police responded to 133 calls for service plus 102 calls on the 911 system.

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