Man arrested after evading cops, crashing vehicle

Police charged a man Thursday after he reportedly crashed a stolen vehicle into a power pole and attempted to run away from police.

Officers were called about a possible stolen green Jeep Cherokee around 8:07 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of West Murphy Street.

Police found the vehicle in the 100 block of West Olive Street, an Odessa Police Department news release stated, where they tried to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle evaded officers.

The vehicle then crashed into a power pole and utility pole at Lincoln Avenue and Mable Street, the release detailed, and the driver, 27-year-old Gilbert Guerrero, reportedly tried to evade officers on foot but was caught and placed into custody.

Police reported the vehicle was stolen and that Guerrero was intoxicated and in possession of marijuana, the release stated.

Guerrero had also reportedly violated an emergency protective order by going within 150 feet of his ex-girlfriend’s residence, the release detailed, and Guerrero reportedly kicked the back passenger door of an OPD patrol unit to the point the window would no longer roll up.

Police charged Guerrero with evading arrest with a vehicle, a third-degree felony, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, violation of a protective order and evading arrest, class A misdemeanors, and criminal mischief and possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanors.

Jail records show Guerrero was taken to the Ector county Detention Center Friday and has eight bonds totaling $115,000.