Two men were arrested on Wednesday afternoon by the Sweetwater Police Department when police recovered a vehicle that had been purchased with a stolen check.
Sgt. Pat Lenoir was working the case after the victim called the police department about the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle took a check from the purchaser, but the two agreed that the title would not be given until the check had cleared. When the check came up as being stolen at the bank, the victim immediately called the police department and let them know the meeting time and place for the title exchange.
Sgt. Lenoir arrived at Check Mart on Lamar Street at around 1:30 p.m. and spotted the green Ford Explorer. It was occupied by two males. Sgt. Lenoir and police officer Danny Heine approached the scene, with Officer Heine about 10 seconds behind Sgt. Lenoir. As the vehicle was approached by Sgt. Lenoir, the driver of the Explorer struck her vehicle, trying to get away. Sgt. Lenoir then pinned the Explorer to prevent the vehicle from getting away. The passenger in the vehicle, Drew Pierce Green, 27, fell out of one of the back windows while trying to escape. He then allegedly ran from officers and a foot chase ensued.
Meanwhile, the driver of the vehicle and the person officers were looking for, Scotty Bruce Sutton, 24, was taken into custody.
Officer Danny Heine pursued Green and found him lying in an alley. When he went to arrest the suspect, it was discovered that Green had dislocated his elbow when he fell out of the window of the vehicle. Lt. Randy Hanes and Detective Melinda Moncada also arrived at the scene to assist in the arrest of Green. He was treated for his injury and then taken into custody.
While officers searched the Explorer, a large amount of substance — believed to be cocaine and heroin — was found.
Both men were arrested on multiple charges including forgery, theft, evading arrest, aggravated assault on a public servant and delivery of a controlled substance. Officers found that more checks had been passed by Sutton in Abilene and more charges may be brought by the Abilene Police Department. During the search officers also found multiple books on how to steal a person's identity, how to make fake IDs, etc.
(See photos of the vehicle on page 12.)