Video surfaces after traffic stop turned unlawfully carrying weapon arrest and possession of marijuana
On Thursday, November 15th at approximately 12:34pm, Victoria Police Department Officer Kelly conducted a traffic stop in the 1000 block of E. Trinity St. on a Chevrolet Cruze.
The violation observed was fail to signal intent to turn 100′ prior to the turn. The officer made contact with the driver and two passengers.
The occupants were identified as 23-year-old Hayley Blocker as the driver, 17 year-old Patrick Byers as the front passenger and 17-year-old Bryan Farias as the back passenger.
During the investigation, Byers gave Officer Kelly consent to search his person. During the search, Officer Kelly located a small plastic bag containing several individual, smaller bags that contained what the officer believed to be marijuana.
As the officer was concluding his search, Byers grabbed his cell phone and began to speak on it which was located on top of the vehicle. The officer instructed Byers to get off the phone on at least two occasions, but Byers ignored his commands.
Once Officer Kelly grabbed Byers wrist to retrieve his phone, he pulled away in an aggressive manner and began to curse and become uncooperative.
Officer Kelly used his body weight to maintain control of Byers and once Byers began pushing back on the officer in an aggressive manner, he was taken to the ground to gain full control.
Byers was handcuffed and placed under arrest for Possession of Marijuana. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded handgun under the seat where Byers was sitting, and additional marijuana was located near his vicinity. Byers was additionally
charged with Unlawfully Carrying Weapon-Class A Misdemeanor. He was then transported to the VCSO for booking.
The driver was given a verbal warning for the traffic violation and was released at the scene along with Farias.
The Victoria Police Department reviews and investigates all Use of Force incidents to ensure that the force used was within policy guidelines.
This case remains under investigation.
We will update this story as information becomes available.