An Altoona motorcyclist sought to outrun a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff Saturday morning but was caught south of De Soto.
Alex Douglas Meyer, 35, of 2010 Fourth St. S.W., Altoona, was charged with trespass, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, driving while license denied, suspended, cancelled or revoked, reckless driving, unlawful possession of prescription drug and eluding. Meyer was also issued citations for no insurance, fail to obey stop sign and yield right of way and speeding-more than 20 mph over.
The incident began about 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 26000 block of 360th Street (County Road F90), where a Dallas County Deputy Sheriff observed a motorcycle traveling westbound at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone, according to court records.
The deputy attempted to initiate a traffic stop near Old Portland Road, but the motorcyclist, Meyer, allegedly “refused to yield to both audible and visible signal” and instead “attempted to flee traveling westbound on 360th Street,” according to court records.
Meyer allegedly ran the stop sign at the U.S. Highway 169 intersection and continued westbound on 360th Street at 85 mph and further attempted to elude the deputy “by traveling through private property southbound off of 360th Street” near M Lane.
The motorcycle and pursuing patrol vehicle crossed an acreage and “entered an agricultural field,” where Meyer allegedly “slowed and dropped his motorcycle and attempted to flee on foot,” while also trying to cast off two backpacks in his possession, according to court records.
Meyer was taken into custody. A search of the backpacks disclosed “a small amount of methamphetamine and a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine” and “prescription medications located in a prescription bottle not belonging to” Meyer, according to court records.
Meyer is held in the Dallas County Jail on a $7,500 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary earing Aug. 4 in Dallas County District Court.
Meyer was convicted of interference with official acts in 2008 in Polk County District Court. He was convicted of negligent operation of a motor vehicle in 2013 in Carroll County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.