A newly hired officer is one step closer to protecting and serving the citizens of San Angelo after graduating from a local police academy.
On Friday, June 20th, at 08:30 a.m., the San Angelo Police Department made the transition from trainee to Apprentice Police Officer official for Benjamin Pollitt. Officer Pollitt recently graduated from the Basic Police Officer's Course offered by the Concho Valley Council of Governments in May, and was hired soon after to begin a career with San Angelo Police Department.
Officer Pollitt successfully completed an extensive six hundred sixty three (663) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills. He will now be assigned to a fifteen (15) week Police Training Program with a veteran officer.
The Police Training Program is designed to teach the APO's how best to use the skills acquired in the academy and in-service training.
A 21-year-old Giddings man was injured during an early morning crash on the Beauregard Bridge.
Just after 5:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police responded to the report of a major traffic crash in the 600 block of W. Beauregard. Upon arrival, police located a 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck crashed through the guardrails on the north side of the bridge. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
Police then located the male driver of the pickup, walking near his vehicle. The man, identified as Jesus Perez of Giddings, Texas, was suffering from injuries he sustained in the crash. Perez informed police he had been drinking alcohol and fell asleep behind the wheel prior to the crash. Perez was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.
The crash investigation showed Perez was headed eastbound over the bridge when he apparently fell asleep, crossed over the median and collided with the guardrails.
The Crash and Incident reports indicate alcohol and failure to control speed as the suspected contributing factors of the crash. Perez was still undergoing medical treatment at the conclusion of the field investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
This morning, June 18th, 2014, at approximately 1:20 am, San Angelo Police Department K-9 Officer J. Fincher observed two passenger vehicles driving north in the 4000 block of south Bryant Blvd that appeared to have possibly collided. The vehicles observed were a 2004 White Chevrolet Impala and a 1996 Blue Dodge Neon. Officer Fincher witnessed the White Impala commit a traffic violation and initiated a traffic stop. The driver of the Impala refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.
The pursuit continued north bound on Bryant Blvd. with speeds reaching 100 mph until the driver of the Impala lost control at Washington Dr. and struck a traffic signal pole. The 13 year old male driver was then taken into custody without incident and transported to the Juvenile Justice Center for Evading in a Vehicle. No injuries were reported in the accident.
The 2004 Blue Dodge Neon was located a short time later by Officer R. Herndon in the 2600 block of A&M Circle. The vehicle appeared to have been damaged in a collision. Officer Herndon's investigation revealed the Neon had been reported stolen on June 15, 2014 by its owner. The 14 year old male driver was taken into custody without incident and was transported to Juvenile Justice Center for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.
Both juveniles are both residents of San Angelo.
These charges are being investigated by the San Angelo Police Department Criminal Investigative Division and no further information will be released at this time.
At approximately 1:50 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police were dispatched to 378 S. Chadbourne Street for the report of an unconscious subject.
Upon arrival, police were met by San Angelo Fire Department personnel who advised that a man had fallen from a telephone tower and was deceased.
Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded to the location and officially pronounced the death.
Police learned the victim, a contractor with MTSI out of Richardson, Texas, was approximately one hundred forty feet above ground doing repair work on the tower when he experienced issues with his safety equipment and fell to his death.
Police are not releasing the victim's name until next of kin have been notified. There is no further information at this time.
On June 12, 2014, at approximately 10:10 p.m., San Angelo Police Officer E. Tabone observed a 2011 Chrysler 300 in the 200 block of East 17th Street commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was initiated and contact was made with the female driver and male passenger.
During contact with the driver, Officer Tabone detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. Officer Tabone asked the driver and the passenger if there was any marijuana in the vehicle. The passenger admitted to possessing marijuana on his person and retrieved a bag of marijuana from his pants pocket showing Officer Tabone.
The passenger, Jesse Alvarado (4-10-96), was searched after arrest and was found to be in possession of an additional bag of marijuana. A search of the vehicle produced another bag of marijuana and paraphernalia in proximity to where Alvarez was sitting. Total weight for the marijuana found was 4.5 ounces.
Alvarado was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Marijuana (4 oz to5 lbs), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and City Warrants. He was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. The 23 year old female driver was cited for Failure to Signal Intent, Failure to Display Drivers License, and Driving While License Suspended and released at the scene.