Stolen ATV Recovered

DAISETTA February 17, 2015 – On Friday, 01/30/2015 at approximately 10:00 PM, Officer Mike Leffew of the Daisetta Police Department was traveling northbound on FM Hwy 770 near FM Hwy 834 in the Community of Hull, Liberty County, Texas when he observed a 2001 Gray Chevrolet Silverado bearing Texas LP #BD58634 pulling a trailer which was carrying an all-terrain vehicle. Officer Leffew observed that the lights on the trailer were defective and then observed that the trailer registration had expired in March 2012.

Officer Leffew activated his emergency lights and effected a traffic stop on FM 834 just east of FM 770. The driver was then identified as being 43-Year-Old W/M William Dale Perkins of Hardin, Texas. Perkins, AKA "Rabbit" is also a known member of the Aryan Brotherhood.

As Officer Leffew condcuted the traffic stop he further observed that both the registration and the inspection stickers were expired and a driver's license check revealed that Perkins' license was invalid. Perkins could provide no proof of financial responsibility, liability insurance or a bond therefore Perkins was arrested on a charge of Driving While License Invalid / Failed to Maintain Financial Responsibility, a Class B Misdemeanor. Perkins was handcuffed and secured in Officer Leffew's patrol unit.

Following departmental procedure, Officer Leffew then requested a wrecker to come to the scene to take possession of the vehicle and while waiting for the tow service to arrive, Officer Leffew then began performing a vehicle inventory so that the vehicle could be lawfully released to the wrecker service.

During the vehicle inventory, Officer Leffew discovered a box beneath the driver's seat. The box was held in position by two large magnets. Upon removing the box, to inventory its contents, Officer Leffew discovered a large bag containing a white crystalline rock-like substance believed to be methamphetamine. Also, inside the box, were two other smaller bags also containing suspected methamphetamine as well as several different types of controlled substances and dangerous drugs (requiring a prescription for which there was none). Officer Leffew then notified Chief Mike Parrish who arrived on scene to assist.

At the time of the arrest, no vehicle identification number could be located on the ATV. The suspected illegal controlled substances and dangerous drugs were seized as evidence and a hold was placed on the pickup, the trailer and the ATV. Perkins was transported to the Liberty County Jail where he was released to the jail staff on the charges of Driving While License Invalid without Financial Responsibility ($2,500 bond through ASAP Bonds), Expired Motor Vehicle Registration ($500 bond through ASAP Bonds) and Expired Motor Vehicle Registration / Trailer ($500.00 through ASAP Bonds). While Officer Leffew was conducting the investigation, Perkins bonded out of jail on 01/31/2015.

During the days that followed, Officer Leffew began the task of identifying all the narcotics and contraband located in Perkins' vehicle while Chief Parrish worked with DPS Auto Theft Task Force Agent Larry Pulliam to identify the ATV. It was then discovered that the ATV was reported to have been stolen out of Palestine, Texas approximately three years prior to its recovery on 01/30/2015.
Probable Cause Affidavits were prepared and presented to Liberty County Pct #1 Justice of the Peace Judge Steven Hebert for the following charges;

Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 >=4G <200G (Methamphetamine) (Felony 2)
Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 <1G (Morphine) (State Jail Felony)
Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 <28G (Hydrocodone) (Misdemeanor A)
Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 <28G (Clonazapam) (Misdemeanor A)
Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 <28G (Lorazapam) (Misdemeanor A)
Possession Dangerous Drug (Carbidopa & Levodopa) (Misdemeanor A)
Possession Dangerous Drug (Dexamethasone) (Misdemeanor A)
Possession Dangerous Drug (Etodolac) (Misdemeanor A)
Possession Dangerous Drug (Methocarbamol) (Misdemeanor A)
Possession Marijuana (Misdemeanor B)

The suspected methamphetamine is forwarded to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab located in Houston, Texas for positive identification and weight. An unidentified substance believed to be lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, is also forwarded to the crime lab for positive identification which, if this substance is found to be LSD, will result in yet another drug charge.

Judge Hebert issued warrants for the arrest of William Dale Perkins. Chief Parrish was able to make contact with Perkins to inform him that he could come pick up "his" ATV. Perkins made arrangements to meet Parrish at K&K Wrecker Service located at 1001 MLK in the City of Liberty, Texas on 02/09/2015 at 6:00 PM.

On Monday, 02/09/2015 at approximately 6:00 PM, Perkins arrived at K&K Wrecker Service where he met with Chief Parrish and Officer Leffew and was informed that the ATV found in his possession had been reported stolen from Palestine approximately three years prior. Perkins was then informed that he was under arrest for the above listed controlled substance and dangerous drug charges with pending charges of Possession of LSD and Vehicle Theft via DPS Auto Theft Task Force.

Liberty County Pct #2 Constable's Office Deputy Constable Chris Dryer and Daisetta PD Officer Terry Cosgrove arrived to assist. These officers were familiar with Perkins and were aware that his street name, "Rabbit," was given to him after he had escaped from the Harris County Jail. Once Perkins was safely inside with no chance of escape, the officers entered the towing service building to ensure Perkins' apprehension would be imminent.

Perkins was handcuffed and secured in Officer Cosgrove's patrol unit without incident and he was then transported to the Liberty County Jail where he was released to the jail staff for booking.

A total of $55,500 in bonds were set for the various charges on 02/10/2015. Perkins remained in the Liberty County Jail until 02/12/2015 when he was released after procuring bonds with ASAP Bail Bonds.

Charges pending for Possession of LSD and Vehicle Theft.

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