Attempt to retrieve bike from police goes awry
Eloi Garza just wanted to get his bicycle back from League City police. Instead he had to hand over another bike, and he ended up in jail.
League City Police Sgt. David Hausam gave the following account of how it happened:
Garza, 48, of Baytown, had ridden a bicycle to the League City police station at 500 W. Walker about 8:45 p.m. Saturday.
An officer found him in the bike impound lot behind the station trying to retrieve the bicycle that police confiscated last month when they arrested him for public intoxication.
The officer told him that he couldn't get his bike back on his own and that he had to go through the police department's evidence room.
The officer then asked Garza if the bicycle he rode to the police station was his, and he answered, It used to be. Don't worry about it."
Because Garza didn't say he owned the bike, police seized it.
Then he was taken into custody for having outstanding warrants in Webster because he'd failed to follow through on an agreement he had for a previous public intoxication arrest in Webster, said Susan Hopkins, a records clerk with the Webster police department.
He was taken to the Webster jail and released Tuesday afternoon, she said.
Hausam said Garza's attempt to get his original bike out of the police department's bike impound lot would have essentially been stealing.
Even though it's his bike, it's in the police department's care," Hausam said.
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