Officers face a myriad of incidents when in the field — these game warden stories range from the serious to the ridiculous.
The following items are compiled from recent Texas Parks and Wildlife Department law enforcement reports. (Re-published with permission)
Suspect in a Tree
A Hunt County game warden was on patrol when he heard over the radio that a Greenville police unit was in pursuit of a fleeing vehicle. The suspect driving the vehicle was a wanted fugitive in Oklahoma.
The fleeing vehicle eventually wrecked on a gravel road in southern Hunt County. The suspect evaded officers and disappeared into nearby woods. A perimeter was set up by numerous officers in the area.
The warden responded along with a prison search dog team. Mounted on horseback, the warden and officers from the prison followed the search dogs into the woods where the suspect was quickly located hiding in a tree.
The suspect was taken into custody and the warden escorted him to a waiting Greenville PD squad car.
A Morris County game warden observed two people fishing on Big Cypress Creek and made contact to check for compliance. Neither subject had a fishing license.
An ID check revealed a warrant against one of the individuals for organized crime out of Upshur County. While getting the warrant confirmed, a Lone Star police officer arrived on scene for backup.
While being patted down for the officer’s safety, one subject was in possession of five grams of methamphetamine and prescription drugs in his pocket. Both subjects were transported to the county jail.
Inventory was conducted on the vehicle and an additional 20 grams of methamphetamine was found along with a digital scale. The citations and charges are pending.
Fetch Him Up Rex!
While checking fishermen at a local community lake near Greenville late one afternoon, a Hunt County game warden approached an individual who suddenly dropped his equipment and fled into the nearby brush.
Rather than pursue the man into the brush in total darkness, the warden called the Greenville Police Department and requested K-9 assistance. A K-9 officer arrived shortly accompanied by his dog, Rex, who shortly after picking up a scent trail convinced the fugitive to come out of hiding.
An investigation revealed the man was heavily intoxicated, and was in possession of syringes and other drug paraphernalia. He had also been fishing without a license and driving on a suspended license. An arrest was made and the cases are pending.
Game wardens were patrolling South Padre Island near beach Access 6 in the early hours of Sept. 23 when they noticed an individual operating a vehicle recklessly. Upon trying to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle led them on a pursuit on the beach southbound towards Access 5.
The vehicle swerved in and out of vehicular and foot traffic on the beach while reaching speeds of more than 70 miles per hour. The vehicle finally came to a halt when it hit a sand berm at the Access 5 exit.
Two individuals, both minors, were taken into custody and transported to the juvenile detention center. Three state jail felonies and a Class B misdemeanor were filed. The cases are pending.