Johnson County Traffic Stop Leads To Felony Arrest

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A traffic stop on Sunday (March 30) led to a short foot pursuit with a Clarksville resident being arrested on multiple felony offenses, according to a news release from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Curtis Bishop was sent to County Road 3341 on a citizen’s complaint of a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle was located, and Bishop noticed it had no license plates.

Bishop stopped the vehicle, a Cadillac Escalade near Highway 64, according to the news release.

It was observed that there was a clear plastic bag in a pouch behind the passenger seat that contained another clear plastic bag with a crystalline substance inside, cash and several small Ziploc baggies.

Later, found in the vehicle, were 5 grams of methamphetamine and $433 in cash.

Bishop asked the driver to step out of the car, and as he did, the driver turned and fled the scene on foot.

The driver ran across Highway 64 where deputies deployed a taser to assist in bringing him under control. He was then arrested and transported to the detention center. The driver reportedly gave deputies a false name, which hindered in their efforts to search for his real identity in the computer.

The driver was later identified as Anibal Vazquez Picazo, and when deputies ran that name, they discovered he had three outstanding felony warrants from Texas for drug and failure to appear charges and violated his probation from Texas with a total of $500,000 in bonds, according to the news release.

“Picazo is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent To Deliver, Criminal Impersonation 2nd Degree, Fleeing on Foot, Resisting Arrest, Failure To Register Vehicle, No Proof of Insurance and Expired Drivers License,” the news release states.

Picazo appeared before Circuit Judge Bill Pearson on Tuesday (April 1) where his bond was set at $1,000,000. He received a May 2 court date in Johnson County Circuit Court.




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