Traffic Violation Leads to Major Arrest - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/03

Traffic Violation Leads to Major Arrest

On Wedneasday morning a minor traffic violation for a broken truck light, led to the arrest of two Slaton men in Lubbock County. Now, one is facing possible drug charges, burglary of a building, unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest.

A minor traffic violation around 12:45 Wednesday morning, led police on a chase through Lubbock County. "One of my officers made a traffic stop for a traffic violation while making contact with the people in the vehicle he began to smell a very strong odor of ammonia and hydras ammonium,"  said Idalou Police Chief Brian Frieda.

Frieda said the aroma was similar to the makings of meth amphetamines, which led the officer to arrest the suspects. "He proceeded to handcuff them and one of the subjects resisted after being handcuffed and swung at the officer. The officer ducked and the suspect was able to get in the pick up and take off," said Frieda.

The suspect, 23-year-old Michael Dwayne Gaydos, drove away with his lights off, losing the officers. But he wrecked the truck and two hours later officers responded to a suspicious vehicle call which led them back to Gaydos. "He wrecked it into a plow and then entered a barn and stole this vehicle he wrecked out here," Frieda said.

Gaydos was arrested and taken to the Lubbock County Jail. He faces four charges:

  • evading arrest with a vehicle
  • criminal mischief
  • burglary of a building
  • unauthorized use of a vehicle charges

At this time no bond has been set and no drugs or paraphernalia has been found yet. The other suspect was released. Chief Frieda said he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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