Weatherford man arrested after bonding out of jail

After bonding out of Palo Pinto County Jail, a Weatherford man was arrested Wednesday afternoon on parole violation charges.

William Clint Richards, 40, of Weatherford, was arrested just north of Mineral Wells for violating parole, on charges stemming from a gun and drug arrest earlier in the week, said Precinct 5 Constable Gary Morris.

The Mineral Wells Index says Richards had bonded out of jail early Wednesday after Mineral Wells police arrested him Monday on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram, according to jail and police records.

Morris said he was alerted by a City County Narcotics Unit officer that Richards was heading out of town, so he and a sheriff’s deputy attempted to locate him. They headed out north of Mineral Wells to find him and began to follow a car that met the description of the vehicle Richards was reportedly a passenger in, Morris said. A traffic stop was initiated and Richards was determined to be the passenger in the car and was arrested, Morris said. The driver of the vehicle was not charged or further detained.

Early Monday, Mineral Wells police found Richards sleeping in his idling pickup in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 2500 block of North Oak Avenue when they made the initial arrest on gun and drug charges, said police spokesman Lt. Randy Wright. On Monday around 4:50 a.m., a store clerk alerted police to a pickup that had been parked, but running, for about an hour in the store’s lot, Wright said. When police arrived they found Richards asleep in his Chevy pickup, Wright said. They were able to get him awake and it appeared Richards was intoxicated.

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