HOUSTON – A 24-year-old Richmond man was arrested and charged with multiple felonies, and misdemeanors after fleeing from a vehicle during a traffic stop, Richmond police said.
Officer Jimmy Cessna stopped the vehicle in which Rodrigo Ivan Garcia was a passenger at the intersection of Collins Road and Goliad late Thursday evening. Police said as the vehicle pulled over, Garcia got out the passenger side with a backpack and began running away.
Sgt. Steven Rychlik quickly caught up with Garcia and detained him in the backyard of a residence on Goliad. Officers found the backpack and said it had multiple types of drugs inside. Investigators said Garcia was also in possession of a large amount of cash.
He was arrested and charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivering a controlled substance in a drug-free zone, both of which are 1st degree felonies; possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone, a 3rd degree felony; and, evading arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.
Police said Garcia told the officers he ran because he had a warrant.
He was also charged with that Class C warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia for which he received a citation back in 2013.
Garcia was transported to the Fort bend County Jail where he was waiting for bond to be set. The driver and other passengers in the vehicle were all released.