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Police stop ends in criminal charge for College Station man

It is not unusual or uncommon for people to have encounters with officer who are investigating suspicious behavior. Most of those encounters involve a brief conversation that ends with the officer and the civilian going their separate ways. Occasionally, the encounters escalate and end with an arrest on a criminal charge. An encounter between a 23-year-old Texas man from College Station could have ended without incident, but the actions of the suspect when confronted by police ended with his arrest on a felony charge and two misdemeanor charges.

The events began when a police officer was leaving a food mart on South Texas 6 investigating a report that someone found a bag of cocaine. The officer said he saw the College Station man pull into the food mart without having his headlights on. The man told the police officer that he has there to meet someone, but his story changed when the officer told him that no one other than employees of the food mart were there.

Things became more suspicious for the officer when the suspect pointed to a total stranger as the person he was to meet. Later, as the suspect was being arrested for giving the police officer a fake address, he pulled away from and kicked the police officer. A search of the suspect allegedly yielded a pipe and two bags of methamphetamine.

A criminal defense attorney could help when the evidence gathered by the police occurs during an investigative stop. If the actions of the police violated the suspect's rights, the evidence obtained as a result of the evidence could possibly be challenged as being inadmissible as evidence against the accused.

Source: The Eagle, "Man reportedly arrested on drug charges after giving false name to police," Nov. 19, 2012

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