Drug paraphernalia and a handgun lead to Colmesneil man’s arrest

by Emily Waldrep

A Tyler County Sheriff's Deputy was dispatched to County Road 3900 on June 20 in reference to an intoxicated person on the roadway. According to Phil Ryan with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department, the caller stated that a man identified as Ellis Beshea, age 36 of Colmesneil, was highly intoxicated and had almost been struck by a vehicle while standing in the roadway.

When deputies arrived at the location, Beshea had made his way to the caller's front porch and was found sitting on the front steps with a beer.

The deputy approached Beshea and asked for identification, and when Beshea reached for his ID he revealed a pistol holster on his side. The deputy immediately drew his weapon and ordered Beshea to hand over the weapon. The deputy removed the weapon, a pistol, and checked to make sure it wasn't stolen.

Beshea also gave the deputy consent to remove a knife from his pocket

"Beshea stated that he had quite a bit to drink," Ryan said. "There were also some other bags beside Beshea on the steps but he stated no guns or knives were in those bags, but he did state that he had drug paraphernalia in the bags which was later found by the deputy and handed into evidence."

Beshea stated he was at the home to borrow a horse so that he could go for a ride, and that he had used methamphetamines that morning.

Beshea was placed under arrest for Public Intoxication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Unlawful Carry of a Weapon Misdemeanor A.