Cody Allen Paskell, 35, is facing felony criminal mischief charges for an incident which occurred in August according to an indictment from the Jefferson County Grand Jury.
A man was stopped near an area where a theft of copper wire from AT&T overhead lines was reported near Spur 93 and Hillebrandt Road in Jefferson County. The man was originally stopped for a defective headline. He also told the officer he was on his way to pick up a friend from work. The officer saw lock cutters and a sawzall in the vehicle.
When officers inquired about a baggie containing what was believed to be methamphetamine, the man said his friend was hiding in the trees. The friend, later identified as Paskall.
Officers on the scene located large amounts of stripped copper wire while calling out to Paskell. Further searching led to the discovery of two large green bags containing large amounts of stripped copper wire.
Officers requested a K-9 unit to assist with the search.
Paskell, of Vidor, was located with his entire body submerged while concealing himself with mud, water, and tree brush in an attempt to avoid apprehension.
Paskell was taken into custody for a warrant out of Hardin County for possession of a controlled substance and evading arrest detention.
The other man was also arrested. He was charged with possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief.
A grand jury indictment is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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