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Fugitives, drugs, stolen vehicle revealed in traffic stop

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By Chris Edwards
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SPURGER – Two men are in custody after a routine stop revealed drugs, a stolen car and fugitives.

According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office were out patrolling in the Spurger area last Friday when they stopped a car along FM 92 for a routine traffic violation.

After deputies checked the vehicle’s registration, they discovered it was reported as stolen out of Orange. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Daniel Wilder, of Pearland, was found to have active warrants for his arrest out of both Brazoria and Jefferson counties.

Wilder’s passenger, 30-year-old Hayley Schoonover, also had an active warrant for her arrest, out of Hardin County, and had given the deputies a false name, Weatherford said.

The deputies searched the vehicle and discovered a clear, plastic baggie with a crystalline substance, which field-tested positive for methamphetamine. Weatherford said the Schoonover admitted to the deputies that she was in possession of K2, or synthetic marijuana.

After the two were taken into custody and booked into the Tyler County Justice Center, a review of the patrol unit backseat and video system turned up more contraband, as deputies discovered a white, crystalline substance between the seat and the door of the patrol vehicle, which also field-tested positive for meth.

Weatherford said that, on camera, Schoonover could be seen taking the drugs from her clothing.

Wilder was charged with evading arrest (Brazoria County); resisting arrest (Jefferson County) and possession of a controlled substance. He remains in custody with a $12,000 bond set by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Ken Jobe.

Schoonover was charged with possession of controlled substance (Hardin County); possession of a controlled Substance “Meth”; possession of controlled substance (K2); tampering with physical evidence and failure to identify, all Tyler County charges. 

She currently remains in jail with bonds set at $21,000 by Jobe.

Both could face additional charges as investigators work with Orange police in reference to the stolen vehicle, Weatherford said.       

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