Yesterday afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section partnered with the Department of Public Safety to conduct a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation in the eastbound lanes of the 2200 block of W. Houston Harte Expressway.
Officers issued a total of 73 citations and warnings during the operation.
Breakdown for citations:
Fail to Move Over/Slow Down for Active Emergency Vehicles: 4
Speeding: 49 (Highest speed 87 MPH)
Driving While License Invalid: 3
Other/Misc. Violations: 11
No Driver’s License: 4
No Insurance: 1
As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires motorists nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle (if there is more than one available lane in the same direction of travel) or slow to 20 miles below the speed limit.
Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Violation of this law could result in fines up to $200. The punishment is more severe if there is property damage, and jail time is possible if someone is injured.
February 26, 2018 — A San Angelo teen motorcyclist who led SAPD Officers on several high-speed chases throughout the afternoon was taken into custody around 2:40 p.m. after he abandoned his flight and laid his 2006 Buell Sportbike down in the unit block of W. 19 Street.
The motorcyclist, identified as Cory H. Clearman, 18, first engaged Officers that were working a traffic enforcement operation on the W. Houston Harte Expressway in a high-speed pursuit. Officer’s terminated the pursuit after losing sight of Clearman; however, Clearman got back on the Houston Harte and passed the Officers at excessive speeds in an apparent attempt to lure Officers into a confrontation.
Soon after, an SAPD Motors Officer attempted to stop Clearman for reckless driving; however, Clearman failed to stop and a pursuit ensued to the 1800 block of N. Chadbourne. As the Motors Officer pursued, Clearman wove in between two vehicles and subsequently caused the Motors Officer to collide with a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck driven by a 57-year-old San Angelo man. The 58-year-old Motors Officer received incapacitating injuries as a result of the collision. He was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment and later released. The driver of the pickup was not injured.
Prior to Clearman being taken into custody, several witnesses, including members of the media who responded to the crash scene, observed Clearman speeding past the crash, westbound on 19th.
Clearman was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released. Following the investigation, Clearman was arrested for Felony Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle. In addition, Clearman was issued citations for Speeding, No Insurance, Expired Registration, and No Class M Endorsement.
The San Angelo Police Department would like to extend our sincere thanks to the citizens who stopped to render aid to the injured Officer, as well as KLST/KSAN staff who assisted Officers during the investigation.
February 26, 2018 — At approximately 11:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of W. Avenue A for the report of a suspicious man inside a residence that was supposed to be vacant.
The first responding Officer located the man in question inside a garage apartment, holding a shovel. As the Officer attempted to identify the subject and determine his interest in the property, the subject reached for his waistband and a struggle ensued. During the physical altercation, the subject assaulted the Officer and restricted the Officer’s airway. The Officer received minor injuries during the assault but did not require medical treatment.
After disengaging the assault on the Officer, the subject fled the area on foot towards the Bosque Park, which is known to be heavily populated with pedestrian traffic during the lunch hour.
Additional responding Officers swiftly converged on the area and located the suspect running east through the park. The suspect, later identified as Leroy A. Enriquez, 30, of San Angelo, was quickly taken into custody with minor incident.
Enriquez was treated at the scene for minor injuries he received during his assault on the Officer and during his apprehension. Enriquez was charged with Assault on a Peace Officer, Felony Enhanced Evading Arrest with Prior Convictions, Criminal Trespass, and Resisting Arrest.
Police later located a loaded firearm in the garage apartment where the assault occurred.
Recently, the San Angelo Police Department welcomed its newest Police Chaplain, Marcella Jenkins, to the Department. Jenkins was sworn in by Assistant Police Chief David Howard in a private ceremony. Chaplain Jenkins was accompanied by her husband and fellow SAPD Chaplain, Gary Jenkins.
Pastor Marcella Jenkins serves in the Pastoral Office of Eagles’ Wings International Ministries under the direction and leadership of Apostle Dr. Gary Jenkins, Founder and Senior Pastor. She earned an Associate degree in Computer Science from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, and has obtained her Microsoft Office 2000/2007/2010 Master's Certification and Microsoft User Specialist Certification. She also holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Christian Leadership Bible College, Inc., New Haven, CT.
In addition to her pastoral duties, Pastor Jenkins has volunteered her time to use her expertise as an IT specialist working with community organizations. She is on the Christian Job Corp board here in San Angelo and also teaches Microsoft Office applications for CJC. Pastor Marcella is also the secretary for The Minister Alliance of San Angelo.
Pastor Jenkins’ ministry and professional expertise has taken her across the United States, Belgium, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica. Pastor Marcella was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She and Apostle Jenkins together have seven lovely children and three wonderful grandchildren.
San Angelo Police Department Chaplains act as a resource for counseling for members of the agency and their families, and serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community. They are called upon to deliver the invocation or benediction at public ceremonies as representatives of the police department and respond to crises situations when called upon.
Pursuant to an ongoing SAPD Street Crimes Division investigation into narcotics distribution, investigators identified a suspected drug trafficker who was alleged to be transporting and distributing heroin in San Angelo and the surrounding area.
On the evening of February 20, 2018, Detectives discovered the suspect was likely traveling with a load of narcotics. In a coordinated effort with our partners at the Texas Department of Public Safety, a traffic stop of the suspect’s vehicle was initiated in Ballinger, Texas; however, the suspect refused to stop and a short vehicle pursuit ensued.
The pursuit ended and the suspect, identified as Jose Rivera, 54, of San Angelo, was taken into custody without incident. During a vehicle search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected heroin and methamphetamine.
Rivera was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Felony 3 Possession Of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Rivera was booked into the Runnels County Jail.