By LeaAnne Klentzman
Last week, a Sugar Land police officer noticed that a man traveling in a school zone was talking on a cell phone. The officer initiated a traffic stop. The vehicle operator was ordered out of the car. Before the officer could take further action, the driver bolted. A foot pursuit was not successful, so a perimeter was established that encompassed Colony Bend Elementary School; which in turn forced a lock down for student safety.
The search for the fleet footed driver was on. Almost as soon as the driver took off running police learned that the car was stolen. The original traffic stop was on Wednesday, May 8, at 8:30 am., near the intersection of Austin Parkway and Mesquite in the Settlers Park subdivision. The ground and air search lasted until about 10:30 that morning before being called off for lack of success. However, later that day the suspect was found and arrested by an officer in an unmarked car when he saw him walking down an area street.
Dante Jamal Price, 17, has been identified as the driver of the vehicle that was talking on the phone in the school zone as well as running from police. Price has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and evading arrest.
A couple of days later a traffic incident resulted in an assault on City Walk.
On Friday, shortly after 3 p.m., police responded to an assault call at 16098 City Walk in Sugar Land after a man reported being punched. According to Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph, the victim reported that a truck cut him off on the southbound feeder of U.S. Highway 59 and First Colony; an offensive hand gesture followed.
The victim told police he responded by honking his horn. Next, the truck cut in front of the victim again at the u-turn, holding up traffic. Again the victim reported honking his horn at the truck, as he drove on to City Walk parking his car in front of the Starbucks coffee shop.
As the victim sat in his car, the truck pulled in front of him along the street/parking area. A Hispanic man got out of the truck walked over and punched the window of the victim’s car then opened the driver’s side door and punched the victim in his face, said Adolph. The Hispanic man got back into the truck and drove away.
Adolph said the case remains under investigation.