By Cheril Vernon

Messenger Copy Editor

ANDERSON COUNTY – A Palestine man was arrested on drug charges, warrants, evading arrest and resisting arrest with $80,000 in bonds after a traffic stop on Friday, Jan. 20.

At approximately 8:50 p.m. Jan. 20, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Matt Hester attempted to make a traffic stop on a 2001 green Mercury on West Point Tap, according to the ACSO report. The driver failed to stop traveling immediately and turned into the Cedarvale Mobile Home Park and then travelled some distance into the park before stopping.

The driver, identified as Eric DeWayne Hill, 41, of Palestine, had local warrants and when deputies attempted to arrest him, he began to run. While he was running, deputies observed Hill drop his jacket and a baggy on the ground. Deputies were able to catch and take Hill into custody.

Deputies recovered the jacket and the baggy he dropped which contained approximately 35 grams of meth, two cell phones, numerous small clear baggies, a digital scale and $770 in cash, according to the ACSO report.

Hill was charged with manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group one of 4 grams or more but less than 200 grams, a first-degree felony; evading arrest detention with previous convention (state jail felony); resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor), a Class C misdemeanor warrant for expired registration and another for failure to appear/bail jumping, including $887 in fines.

According to Section 12.32 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for life or for any term of not more than 99 years or less than five years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the first degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”

According to Section 12.35 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony shall be punished by confinement in a state jail for any term of not more than two years or less than 180 days. In addition to confinement, an individual adjudged guilty of a state jail felony may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”