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crash, pursuit, arrests at local hotel

KINGWOOD — A suspected drug dealer attempting to flee from members of the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office Monday night rammed a stolen pickup into the wall of an area hotel, then fled on foot. A foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was arrested along with his two associates who were taken into custody at the hotel.

A narcotics investigation led to the incident that occurred around 7 p.m. when the trio arrived at La Quinta Inn and Suites in the 22700 block of US 59 in Kingwood to conduct a drug transaction. Marked patrol units converged on the suspects and attempted to detain them.

The two male suspects, 25-year-old Jason Michael Beyer of Houston, and 30-year-old Randy Lee Wilkerson of Houston were in a stolen 2011 Ford F150 pickup truck. When Wilkerson, the driver, saw the marked units with emergency equipment activated, he turned into a parking space near the rear of the hotel. He then accelerated rapidly, ramming the truck into the side of the building, pushing in the wall of an occupied room.

Wilkerson’s door was stuck, so he jumped over his passenger and fled on foot, with deputies running behind him in an approximately five block chase before he was caught. After a short physical struggle, officers detained and arrested Wilkerson.

Beyer, the passenger, did not resist arrest, nor did 36-year-old Paula Jaunette Pifer of Humble, who was already out of the truck when it struck the building.

The occupants of the hotel room that was struck were not injured, but the building was damaged inside and out.

A search of the crashed pickup revealed a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. Another bag containing methamphetamine was found on the side walk just outside the passenger side door.

Wilkerson is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture/Deliver of a Controlled Substance; first-degree felony Engage in Organized Criminal Activity; Evading Arrest Detention w/ Vehicle (state jail felony); Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (state jail felony); Resist Arrest, Search or Transport (misdemeanor A).

Pifer is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (first-degree felony). She was already out on bond from an unrelated arrest.

Beyer is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (Penalty Group 2), and first-degree felony Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.

Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden said he was proud of his deputies’ efforts in curtailing illegal drug activity in East Montgomery County.

“I’m also very thankful to have Brett Ligon as District Attorney because he prosecutes these cases to the fullest extent of the law,” Constable Hayden said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Roman Forest Police Department assisted in the investigation.

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