Amado Ruiz-Medina, 34, of Yukon, Oklahoma, was being booked on a traffic offense—driving while license invalid—last week when police asked that question.
“He told us ‘no’,” Lt. J. D. Newlin said. “ Then we found marijuana at the jail during the booking process.”
The charge went from a traffic offense to possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility.
“That means the charge went from a relatively minor traffic misdemeanor to a felony,” Newlin said.
Ruiz-Medina was released after posting $10,000 bond.
ARREST—Wendell Stevens, 21, of Rockdale, was arrested Saturday in Bell County in connection with use of a stolen debit card in Rockdale.
Stephens was also charged with two counts of out-of-county receiving stolen property. He remains in custody in lieu of $21,000 bond.
OFFENSE S—Newlin said police are investigating an incident in which a television was stolen from a house.
He said a cell phone was reported lost during last week’s Rockdale Fair.
Police also investigated a criminal trespass report at a local tavern and made one arrest.
ACCIDENTS—No injuries were reported in the one traffic accident investigated by police during the past week.
Police said vehicles operated by Christy Sullivan, 32, of Hearne, and Autumn Davenport, 17, of Rockdale, were in collision at 5:04 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Richards Memorial Hospital.
Damage estimates were not available from police.
WARRANTS—Police served six city warrants during the past week, two for failure to appear and one each for failure to maintain financial responsibility, running a stop sign, running a red light and speeding.
CITATIONS—Traffic tickets issued during the past week included 29 for speeding, 10 for no valid motor vehicle inspection sticker, five for driving while license invalid, three for failure to maintain financial responsibility, and two for operating a vehicle with expired license plates.
One citation was also issued for “vaccination of dogs required.”
SERVICE CALLS—Police answered 161 service calls during the week, and received 95 calls through the 911 system.