Saturday, June 25, 2011

Felony Dumbness meets Felony Sleepiness

Suspected thief falls asleep at the wheel during getaway

Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:09 pm | Updated: 9:10 pm, Wed Jun 22, 2011.

A suspected thief in Friendswood lost consciousness at the wrong time — in the middle of his apparent getaway attempt.

Just after midnight on Monday (June 20), a Friendswood Police Officer saw a truck in the ditch behind a business in the 2400 block of W. Parkwood. The engine was running.

Officers say 24-year-old Brandon Eric Arnold of Alvin was slumped over the steering wheel. After officers reached inside and turned off the engine, he awakened and became so aggressive, police handcuffed him. Inside the truck they found a baggie of marijuana and cocaine.

“Is it out of the ordinary? Yes, for sure. But not uncommon for us to go ahead and run across people who are incapacitated as a result of drug or alcohol use,” said Friendswood Police Chief Robert Wieners.

In the bed of the truck officers found an air conditioner safety switch with 6 feet of copper wire, a satellite dish, a gas grill and a ten gallon diesel tank.

At nearby businesses, officers found several safety switch boxes damaged, an air conditioner unit missing from Moreno's Restaurant and a diesel tank missing from a generator. “The copper theft is an ongoing problem here in the Houston area. The theft of air conditioning units and then stripping those units of copper or what’s inside--we believe that’s what he was doing--and going to take the items to salvage,” Wieners said.

Arnold is charged with felony Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance in Penalty Group 1 (cocaine). His bond is set at $40,000.

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