On Sunday, June 3rd, at approximately 1:45 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department observed a 2005 white Ford Explorer stop in the area of Longview Drive and Wrangler Drive. The driver exited the vehicle and officers recognized him as 27 year old Francisco Rodriguez. Officers knew Rodriguez to have outstanding warrants for his arrest. They observed Rodriguez walk up the driveway of a residence in that area and attempted to enter a vehicle that was parked there. He did not make entry into the vehicle but quickly got back into his and drove away.
A marked WFPD patrol car got behind Rodriguez in order to initiate a traffic stop at which time Rodriguez began to accelerate and attempted to evade officers. He went southbound on Central Freeway and then exited the Freeway by the Travel Center. He tried to continue east in the north alley of North 8th Street, however he lost control of the vehicle and struck a telephone pole.
Francisco and a female passenger exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers were able to locate Rodriguez hiding in a pile of trash, however the female was able to get away.
Officers located a holster for a Sig Sauer handgun on Rodriguez. When officers began to search the vehicle that Rodriguez fled from they located a Sig Sauer handgun on the ground by the driver’s door. A records checked showed the handun to have been stolen. Inside the vehicle they located magazines for the handgun along with two bags of a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine that weighed 2.3 grams and two bags of a substance that field tested positive for marijuana and weighed .22 ounces.
The vehicle Rodriguez was driving was impounded and he was taken into custody and transported to the Wichita County jail where he was charged with evading in a vehicle, evading on foot, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, violation of court order and multiple warrants.