UPDATE: Affidavits for both Sierra and Balderas say they led officers up and down Railroad Street in an attempt to shake them off.
Dispatch had advised that two young men in a dark colored SUV had burglarized a white Cevy Tahoe.
As the officer was responding to the initial call to the Somerset Apartments, he saw a Black Cadillac Escalade, driven by Balderas, pulling into the nearby Arbor Creek apartments. It did not pull into a parking spot, and was stopped next to a pile of pillows and blankets. The officer suspected the occupants may have been dumping items they deemed not valuable.
The officer turned into the parking lot in his marked patrol car, and pulled in behind Balderas, and Balderas began to drive away. The officer found this suspicious, and followed. He activated his overhead lights to pull the Escalade over, and it came to a stop at a green light on the intersection of Corporate and Lake Point Drive, but did not pull over. When the officer approached the vehicle, it sped off down Corporate.
The officer pursued with his lights and siren on and called for backup. Balderas blazed down Corporate and north on Railroad Street at about 75 mph, eventually turning into Andes Metal Processors just south of Old Town. Balderas did a u-turn and started driving toward the officer’s car, almost hitting it, and continued down Railroad Street, now going south. As the officer continued pursuing, Balderas turned east onto SH 121 Business and then made another u-turn, heading back to Railroad Street going south.
At this time, the affidavit says, the Escalade’s rear passenger tire blew out and it continued driving on three tires and one wheel, still getting as high as 70 mph.
The officer observed a package, which would later be identified as 0.32 ounces of marijuana, being thrown out of the window as they crossed Corporate Drive again.
The pursuit continued until Balderas crashed in the grassy area at the intersection of Hebron Drive and Railroad Street. After the crash, both Sierra and Balderas exited the vehicle and laid face-down in the grass, awaiting arrest. The officer searched the car and discovered a wooden “one hitter” marijuana pipe in the front passenger door and several plastic bags commonly used to transport narcotics, some of which smelled strongly of marijuana. He also found traceable amounts of marijuana residue in the center console and front floor mats.
Sierra, the passenger, admitted that the object he’d thrown out the window was a bag of weed, and said that he alone had burglarized the car at the Somerset apartments. Police discovered he had outstanding warrants from Dallas County for property theft and from Irving for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police have located the owner of the Tahoe, who said that he will press charges. The third row seat of his vehicle was removed, but he did not claim any of the items recovered from Arbor Creek Apartments.
Original story: Marijuana was strewn across the roadside after 2 a.m. Tuesday morning as two people tried to evade Lewisville police.
Mike Fidencio Sierra, 20, and Jonathan Cruz Balderas, 18, both from Dallas, were booked after 3 a.m. this morning for burglary of a vehicle and a host of other charges. Balderas was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, and Sierra was charged with tampering with physical evidence, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000 and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Lewisville police Captain Casey Carter said police responded at around 1:50 a.m. to the Somerset Apartments off of Corporate Drive. When they arrived, the suspects led them on a chase down Corporate across the highway and down Railroad Street, and they would eventually run themselves off the road at the intersection with Hebron Parkway. Radio traffic indicated that the speed of the chase got as high as 75 mph.
Carter said the suspects threw what police would later find to be 0.332 ounces of marijuana out of the window as they were being chased. The drug was in a large clear bag, but separated out into nine plastic bags within that bag.
Sierra’s bond was set at $108,774.10 for the combined charges. Balderas’ bond was set at a combined $15,000. Both have been transferred to Denton County Jail where they were still held as of Tuesday night.
The Lewisville Texan Journal will follow up on this story as more information becomes available.