First it was offensive lineman Fred Weary, now add a second Houston Texan to the police blotter. According to Lindsay Wise of the Houston Chronicle, Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts is free on $2,000 bail after being arrested Thursday on charges that he fled in his vehicle after police stopped him for making an illegal turn.
Pitts is scheduled to appear in court on Monday on the felony charge, according to Harris County (TX) records. This began when Officers had set up a traffic sting at a particular intersection in southwest Houston, after residents had complained that drivers were making illegal turns in the area, according to Johanna Abad, spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department.
At about 5 PM Thursday, an officer saw Pitts make an illegal turn in his 2002 BMW, was flagged over and toild why he was pulled over. The officer then walks off for a few minutes to finish issuing a citation to another vehicle when observes Pitts leaving the scene. The officer and a supervisor pursued Pitts in their patrol cars and stopped Pitts less than a mile away. The officers then contacted the District Attorney’s office, which accepted felony evading charges. Pitts was susequently transported to the city jail, where he posted $2,000 bail then was released.
Granted, this seems like a minor offense. But it has to make one wonder: why would Pitts leave the scene? I realize that some drivers have this deep-rooted fear of the police, and as such, human nature tells them to leave. But it is speculative at this point until further details are available, but still – unless you have outstanding warrants or other unresolved issues legally – why bolt?