Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

February 19, 2013

Details emerge about Friday's drug-related police foot chase

Ben Tinsley
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — More details have become available regarding a Friday afternoon foot chase that forced Jacksonville Police officers to wrangle with a 36-year-old  suspect, landing all parties involved – wet and miserable – into a creek bed.

That suspect, Orenthal Jay Mallard, 36, subsequently was arrested on suspicion of numerous crimes, and held without bond Monday in Cherokee County Jail. An accomplice, Chasidy Marie Sexton 20, also from Jacksonville, was held there on similar charges in lieu of $8,000 bail.

Mallard was sought in connection with a Jasper County probation revocation warrant at the time of his arrest. He also is alleged to have assaulted a police officer during this episode.

Authorities first encountered Mallard at an extended stay hotel in the 1400 block of East Rusk. He had been staying there but his money was refunded and he was asked to leave because management suspected he was participating in some kind of illegal activity.

Jacksonville police arrived to remove him from the premises. During questioning, Mallard apparently gave them an incorrect name and date of birth, reports show.

When a dispatcher relayed information to officers on the scene indicating Mallard was lying about his identity,  the suspect took off running. An officer gave chase and ultimately was forced to detain him in a confined area of the creek near the area's Jalapeno Tree and the Catfish King restaurants.

“He actually fought with the officer who made contact with him in the creek,” said Jacksonville Police Det. Sgt. Daniel Franklin.

Mallard was then arrested on suspicion of: evading arrest or detention with a previous conviction, a state jail felony; delivery of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a state jail felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; failure to identify a fugitive from justice, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor; and assault on a peace officer, a third degree felony.

Mallard's combined jail bond amount $34,500, but he also was being held without bond in connection with the probation revocation warrant out of Jasper County.

Sexton, Mallard's accomplice, was in the room with him when officers first arrived and she was arrested on suspicion of:  possession of a  controlled substance with intent to deliver, a state jail felony; possession of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. She remained in Cherokee County Jail Monday in lieu of $8,000 bond.

Mallard has an extensive criminal history ranging from possession of marijuana to evading arrest to theft by check, records show. A cursory search found no criminal record for Sexton.