Archer County Sheriff’s  Weekly Report

Sheriff Staci Beesinger

The Sheriff’s Office received 129 Calls for Service during the past 7-day period ending Sunday, June 14, 2020. On the day of this report there were 28 individuals incarcerated in the Archer County Jail consisting of 22 men and 6 women.

Just before 1am early Monday morning, Deputies and Lake Kickapoo Fire Department responded to a residence on FM 368 after receiving a report of flames coming from the driveway of the residence. Several bales of hay were found to be on fire and several more were in danger of catching fire. The owner was finally contacted and began moving bales away from the burning bales. The burning bales were wetted down, and no injuries were reported.

Around the same time as above, a Holliday woman reported that her husband and adult son had been in an argument earlier in the evening and her husband had just given himself a large dose of insulin to attempt to end his life. A Deputy, Holliday Police, Holliday 1st responders, and an ambulance responded, and medical personnel were able to treat the man on scene. He was not transported for further medical treatment.

Around 4pm Monday afternoon, a Scotland man reported that he had received a call from his mother that his brother was being abusive to her and discharging a firearm in the yard. Deputies and a DPS Trooper responded and made contact with the man in the yard. The gun had already been put away and the man told Officers that his dog was put down today and he was grieving over the dog’s death. The man agreed to leave the residence and go to a friend’s house to grieve.

Just before midnight late Tuesday night, Archer City Police conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 79 just north of Chalk Hill. The female and male occupants who are employed at an Archer City business were checked and the female was found to be wanted out of Wichita County for a Probation Violation stemming from a previous arrest and conviction of Theft over $2500, less than $30,000. A probable cause search was conducted on the vehicle after Deputies arrived as backup. There was no report of any illegal substances found in the vehicle. The female was transported to the Archer County Jail where she was released the following day after posting a $5001 bond.

Around 8:30am Wednesday morning, a travelling motorist reported a rollover accident on Hwy 79 near FM 1954. Deputies, DPS, and Lakeside City 1st Responders arrived on scene and observed that the female driver had exited the vehicle and was not injured. Inattention to the roadway and over correcting was the suspected cause of the accident. The vehicle was towed from the scene.

Around 7:30pm Wednesday evening, a man reported that a female ran a stop sign at Hwy 25 and US 277 striking a trailer that he was pulling. Deputies and DPS responded to the non-injury accident. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female and a search of the vehicle was conducted. Both were placed under arrest for Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The male was also charged with Failure to ID after giving Officers a false name. Both were transported to the Archer County Jail where the female was released the following day after posting bonds totaling $10,500. The male remains in custody with bonds totaling $13,500.

Around 9pm Wednesday night, an Archer County woman reported that a family member staying at her home was destroying her house and vehicles. Deputies responded and observed thousands of dollars in damages to the caller’s vehicle and home. The male subject was located on the property and began removing his clothes when approached by Officers. He was eventually taken into custody and charged with Criminal Mischief over $2500 less than $30,000. The man remains in custody with a bond of $10,000.

Shortly after 4pm Thursday afternoon, Detention Officers were notified of a fight between 2 inmates housed in the same area. A Deputy and Detention Officers responded and observed the inmates in the shower area of the cell. Both showed signs of a minor assault and both claimed they fell down in the shower. This is a common response from inmates to avoid disciplinary action. Both were removed from the cell and placed in solitary cells pending a disciplinary hearing. An Ambulance was called to check the inmates for injury, and both were cleared before being placed in solitary cells.

Shortly after 5pm Thursday afternoon, an Archer City resident reported that someone entered his camper trailer and removed a TV out of it. Archer City Police responded and spoke with the caller. It was determined that the TV could have possibly been stolen out of the camper at another location and not from his Archer City home. A report was not done at the caller’s request.

Just before 1am Friday morning, a travelling motorist reported a vehicle with no lights travelling on US 277 near FM 368. Deputies responded and located the vehicle on US 277 and checked the driver. He was suspected of being intoxicated and was administered field sobriety testing. He was eventually placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Archer County Jail where a specimen of his blood was taken by medical personnel. He was charged with Driving While Intoxication, 2nd offense, and was released later in the day after posting a $5000 bond.

Around 9:30pm Friday evening, a motorist reported several vehicles parked on both sides of a Lakeside City street causing a traffic hazard. A Deputy responded and made contact with a resident who was hosting a social gathering. The vehicles were not parked in the roadway so there was no traffic issue. Social Distancing was also being observed so no action was taken.

Around 4am early Saturday morning, a man who owns property on FM 368 near Stone Rd reported that his tractor had caught a wheat field on fire. Deputies and Lake Kickapoo Fire Department responded and observed that the fire was out of control. Holliday Fire Department and Archer City Firemen eventually responded to help battle the blaze that was declared out at around 6am. No injuries were reported.

Around 11am Saturday morning, a Lakeside City man reported that a friend of his son had parked his new vehicle in front of his home, and someone vandalized it overnight. It appeared that someone struck the vehicle with a claw hammer and damaged it. No suspects in the case as of report time.

Shortly after 1pm Saturday afternoon, a Scotland man reported that a whole trailer load of hay bales was on fire. The loaded trailer was sitting in a field on the caller’s property. Windthorst and Scotland Fire Departments responded as well as a Deputy to the scene. Firemen were able to get the fire out after about an hour. Hay bale fires are not uncommon this time of year due to heat and humidity levels. No injuries were reported.

Around 5:30am early Sunday morning, an Archer City resident reported that a man just drove his vehicle through a privacy fence at the house next door and the vehicle appears to be stuck in the fence. A Deputy and Archer City Police responded and located the pickup through the fence at the described location. The male driver was checked but no signs of intoxication were present. The neighbors in the area that came out told Officers that the man is a hog hunter and often parks in the back of the house due to having several traps and other hunting equipment in his truck. The man told Officers he had not slept since Friday and just passed out when he got back home. No further action was taken.

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