Passenger who bolted following I-35 traffic stop captured after search

Officers from several agencies were searching for a woman who ran after an I-35 traffic stop in Temple. (Photo by Megan Vanselow)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A man who bolted after a state trooper found cocaine following a traffic stop Thursday morning on Interstate 35 in Temple was captured after a more than hour-long search.

Local authorities earlier said the suspect was a woman.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped the 2015 Nissan sedan at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday on the northbound interstate between FM 93 and Midway Drive for a traffic violation, DPS Sgt. David Roberts said.

“During the traffic stop the trooper discovered what was believed to be cocaine in the vehicle,” Roberts said.

“The driver was arrested without incident,” he said.

“The passenger fled on foot into the woods to the east of the interstate.”

Officers from several area agencies joined the search for the man, using a drone to survey the area from the air while dogs were employed in the ground search.

The search was focused along the east side of the interstate on the south side of Temple between Johnson Brothers Ford and Pepper Creek.

Both men were taken to the Bell County Jail where they were held Thursday evening on federal immigration detainers.

The case was turned over to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Waco, Roberts said.

Federal drug charges will be pursued later, he said.