Late-Night Ride Through Town Lands Area Mayor, 2 Women In Jail

CRANFILLS GAP (May 12, 2014) Russell Algren, 43, the mayor of the small northern Bosque County town of Cranfills Gap, was free on bonds totaling $1,000 Monday after he was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with public intoxication and allowing an unlicensed driver to operate a motor vehicle.

Algren was riding on the tailgate of a pickup truck that a Bosque County deputy pulled over for speeding at around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in the town of about 280, Chief Deputy Clint Pullin said Monday.

The deputy found two women and a juvenile sitting in the bed of the truck, along with a cooler filled with alcoholic beverages, Pullin said.

In the cab, the deputy found an unlicensed juvenile behind the wheel and a juvenile passenger, Pullin said.

Two of the juveniles were cited for minor in consumption, although it wasn’t clear if either was the driver.

Algren, Tracy Finstad, 34, and Melody Jones, 37, were arrested, Pullin said.

Finstead and Jones were charged with public intoxication and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

They were released after posting bonds totaling $2,000.

The truck is registered to Algren, Pullin said.


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