by Emily Waldrep
On November 8 at approximately 6 p.m., deputies with the Tyler County Sheriffs Department were dispatched to County Road 1450 off of HWY 1943 West in Warren, in reference to a suspicious vehicle. The subject in the vehicle had been contacted by law enforcement earlier and stated that he had no money for gas and no home.
According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan with the Tyler County Sheriffs Department, the white Uhaul van was parked in the roadway just beyond a blind curve and was a hazard. The driver was sitting in the vehicle resting his head on the steering wheel. He was identified as Richard Yandle. He was advised that he was creating a hazard and was questioned as to why he was sitting in such a remote location.
According to Ryan, the subject then started making nonsensical statements that had nothing to do with the issue at hand. Yandle became increasingly agitated and was in close proximity to the deputy and made contact with him. The deputy then pulled his taser, stepped back and instructed the subject to completely exit the vehicle. Yandle exited and told the deputy that his identification was inside the vehicle and when the deputy went to retrieve that it, he noticed a clear baggie in the front seat with a white crystalline substance that later field tested positive for methamphetamine. The vehicle was towed and the subject was placed in custody and transported to Tyler county jail.