A Cabool man is charged with three felonies and is held in the Texas County Jail after a Houston Police Department investigation of a motorcycle crash in early July.
Vernon D. Carman, 43, of 101 Juniper St. in Cabool, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving while revoked or suspended and a major equipment violation.
According to a probable cause statement submitted by a police officer to the county prosecutor, the officer was on patrol around 10 p.m. July 5 when he observed a motorcycle with no operable tail lamp traveling west on Hawthorne Street. The officer reported observing the bike swerve onto the eastbound side of the roadway, and activated his patrol car’s emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop.
But the driver of the bike failed to pull over, and made a left turn onto Airport Road without signaling or stopping at the posted stop sign.
The officer advised dispatch the motorcycle was failing to yield, and then observed it accelerate hard multiple times, causing the rear tire to break traction and the bike to fishtail. The officer reportedly then advised dispatch the driver of the bike was attempting to flee and that he would be followed only to the city limits.
But a short time later, the officer watched the motorcycle crash about 187 feet from Highway 17. The officer approached the wreck and observed a blue Harley Davidson Road King lying on the ground. A computer check of the license plate number revealed the plate was registered to a 2001 Honda belonging to a Willard man.
The officer also reportedly saw the bike’s VIN had been defaced and the helmet being worn by the driver – Carman – wasn’t department of transportation approved. A computer check of his identification revealed Carman’s license was suspended and he had four previous convictions for the same offense.
A search of the motorcycle revealed a white cylindrical container that had a baggie inside containing a substance that field-tested positive for methamphetamine.
Carman was asked at the scene if he wanted medical assistance and he declined. He is held on $350,000 bond.