Occurred Sunday, October 7, 2012, 23:39, 10th Street at Agnes Street, Evading Arrest 1210080001
A 30-year-old man was arrested on a variety of charges after he fled from Corpus Christi Police in a stolen vehicle.
A Corpus Christi police Officer was stopped at the red light at Staples and Agnes when the officer saw a silver 1995 Chevy Silverado pickup travel north on Staples, then turn left to travel west on Agnes Street. That portion of Agnes Street is a one way street in the opposite direction from which the truck traveled. The officer conducted a traffic stop to prevent a vehicle crash and the truck stopped in the Stripes parking lot at Agnes Street and Brown Lee Boulevard.
The dispatcher on the radio announced to the officer that the truck was reported stolen out of College Station, Texas. The truck then sped away from the officer and traveled west on Agnes with the truck headlights off. The pursuit was terminated because the risk of injury to the suspect or members of the public was greater than the benefit to apprehend the suspect.
Several minutes after the pursuit was terminated, another Corpus Christi Police Officer saw the truck. The officer followed the truck at a distance so that the operator of the truck would not be alerted to the presence of the officer. The officer communicated with other officers to set up spike strips and other apprehension methods to safely get the vehicle stopped and take the suspect into custody.
The truck traveled south on FM 665 to FM 2444 and then traveled into the ditch. The truck had run out of gas, and the operator, Brandon Arko (9/17/1982) ran from the truck. Corpus Christi Police Officers chased after Arko and Arko then fought with officers before he was arrested. Arko suffered minor injuries to his face and legs and was treated at the hospital and then delivered to the city detention center. The truck was taken to the City impound lot.
Arko was charged with a warrant he had for his arrest, Evading Arrest in a vehicle (a 3rd degree felony), Evading Arrest on foot (a class A misdemeanor), Resisting Arrest (a class A misdemeanor), Reckless Driving, Driving without a license (Class C misdemeanor), and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (a state jail felony).