Man arrested after motorcycle pursuit

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, December 16, 2017

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A motorcycle operator led police on a high speed chase through Wise County late Monday, at least until he ran out of gas.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said his office received a call at 11:12 p.m. Monday about a suspicious person on a motorcycle at McDonald’s. When officers arrived a few minutes later, they found the man off his motorcycle “messing around” at the nearby Community Bank, Stanford said. When they approached the man, he got back on his motorcycle and sped off eastbound on U.S. 380 at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

“At this point, we didn’t know why he was fleeing or what he was doing at the bank,” Stanford said.

The pursuit continued into Denton County. When they reached the intersection with Interstate 35, Stanford said the Bridgeport units backed off as the pursuit entered into Denton.

“The Texas Department of Public Safety officers took over the pursuit,” Stanford said. “They got him stopped. He actually ran out of gas.”

The pursuit ended on U.S. 380 at Nottingham Street, on the east side of Denton.

Bridgeport officers met up with the DPS officers at the scene and took the man into custody.

The motorcycle operator was identified as Cody Todd Eddleman, 21, of Little Elm. Officers found methamphetamine in his possession.

Eddleman was charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, manufacture/deliver a controlled substance in penalty group 1 in an amount of 4-200 grams, possession of drug paraphernalia and no motorcycle operator’s license. Stanford said the motorcycle had been reported stolen out of Lewisville, and they were seeking a warrant to add the theft charge.

While they don’t know why Eddleman was in Bridgeport, Stanford said he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Eddleman was there to meet somebody, possibly for drug-related activity.

As of Friday, Eddleman remained in the Wise County Jail with total bond set at $46,000.

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