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WATER VALLEY – A Texas fugitive was apprehended by the Water Valley Police Department during a traffic stop on May 16. Water Valley Police Chief Jason Mangrum reported an officer initially stopped William Foster for speeding on Hwy 7 and launched an investigation after detecting the odor for marijuana. Foster was placed into custody when the officer learned there was an arrest warrant issued in Texas.
Mangrum reported Foster is wanted for evading arrest after he allegedly fled from authorities in Ward County, Texas. The October 31, 2019 pursuit ended with a crash into a concrete barrier that claimed the life of one person. The chief also said that Texas authorities will extradite Foster back to Ward County.
In an unrelated case, a traffic stop led to the arrest of a Desoto County man who also had an arrest warrant. Colin Kemp was arrested on May 17 after officers stopped him on Wise Street for a traffic violation. Kemp was transported to the Yalobusha County Detention Center and picked up by Desoto County’s fugitive squad the following day.
“These stops are good police work by the officers. It shows they are working hard not only to keep our roads safe for motorist, but also to protect the public,” the chief noted.
Mangrum also reported Tammy Payne, age 54, of Oxford was arrested at a driver’s safety checkpoint on Blackmur Drive on May 15. Payne was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and DUI – other.
“Officers detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and started an investigation,” the chief explained. Eighty-eight grams of alleged marijuana packaged in separate baggies were discovered inside the vehicle. Officers also determined that Payne was under the influence of marijuana.
Payne was booked in the Yalobusha County Detention Center and later released after posting bond.