Sunrise Beach man arrested after police chase, faces felony drug charge

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Matthew Moss

Matthew Moss

SUNRISE BEACH — An early morning chase July 10 with a suspect eventually led police to a Sunrise Beach residence where they discovered what was believed to be 40 grams of methamphetamine. The investigation also netted five people, including the initial suspect.

According to Sunrise Beach Police Department officials, officer Ruben Saucedo stopped a man at about 1 a.m. who was walking near Overstreet in the village. The officer obtained the man’s driver’s license and identified the individual as Matthew Moss. After he gave Moss his license back, the suspect fled into some heavily wooded area.

Saucedo chased the suspect but wasn’t able to find the man. The officer called for backup with Llano County sheriff deputies arriving to assist.

The deputies also stopped a vehicle that was entering Sunrise Beach and learned from the four occupants that they were there to pick up Moss, according to Sunrise Beach officials.

During the initial investigation, officers learned of a residence in the 200 block of Overstreet Drive, where they believed Moss was hiding. Sunrise Beach Police Chief Laurie Brock, Saucedo and Llano County deputies entered the residence and located Moss hiding under a bed. Officials stated in a media release that Moss possessed approximately 40 grams of a substance that field tested positive as meth.

Officers arrested Moss, 23, and placed him in Saucedo’s patrol vehicle, where the suspect then allegedly tried to kick out window to escape, officials said.

Sunrise Beach officers charged Moss with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, evading arrest or detention, escape and criminal mischief. The possession charge is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison if he is convicted.

He was booked into the Llano County Jail and is being held in lieu of $82,500 in bonds as of July 11.

Deputies also found what they believe is four grams of meth in the vehicle they stopped entering Sunrise Beach. The four occupants were also taken into custody.

editor@thepicayune.com

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