BACLIFF — A Bacliff man accused of crashing a stolen vehicle into a Galveston County deputy sheriff’s patrol car before fleeing on foot was arrested early Wednesday when officers found him in a tree drinking beer he allegedly shoplifted from a convenience store, authorities said.
Marshall Dillon Meaders, 20, was charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle, evading arrest and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Authorities accused Meaders of stealing two cases of beer from a gas station at state Highway 146 and Grand Avenue in Bacliff hours before his arrest Wednesday, said Capt. Mike Benavides of the sheriff’s office.
Shortly before 2 a.m., a reportedly stolen vehicle crashed into a deputy’s patrol car after running a stop sign at 16th Street and Grand Avenue, Benavides said.
The stolen car continued driving before crashing again and coming to a halt, Benavides said. The suspected drunken driver then fled on foot.
The deputy in the patrol car involved in the collision was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but did not suffer any serious injuries, Benavides said.
League City and Clear Lake Shores police joined deputies in a search for the suspected drunken driver, Benavides said.
The suspect was found in a tree at Avenue D and 16th Street, about a block from the initial crash, when an officer saw a discarded beer can fall from the foliage, Benavides said.
The suspect, who was allegedly drinking in the tree, fell off a branch and was taken into custody, Benavides said.
He was transported to the University of Medical Branch to be treated for minor injuries and to have his blood drawn, Benavides said.
Meaders, who was on probation after pleading guilty in February to a charge of forgery of a financial instrument, was denied bond and remained at the Galveston County Jail on Wednesday.