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Police Beat: Thursday, March 29

March 28, 2012 at 11 p.m.

Edward Ray Fite, 55, of Longview remained in jail Wednesday afternoon on $8,500 bond, charged with evading arresting in a vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon. According to a police report, police responded about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday to a complaint about an armed man in the area of Mobberly and Myrle avenues. According to the person making the complaint, she and Fite were arguing when he took out a handgun and shot it into the air. When police attempted to pull over Fite's blue Buick Century on Dixon Street, he did not stop and continued east on Level Street. He sped up, going through two stop signs until the car came to a stop in the driveway of a house on Clover Lane. Police saw him throw the six shot revolver out of the vehicle. Fite also had a warrant for a junk vehicle. This is his fourth arrest in Gregg County since 1986. All other arrests involved alcohol.

Amanda Mae Martin, 28, of Longview remained in jail Wednesday afternoon on a $10,000 bond, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to a police report, police responded to a call about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday. Witnesses said Martin had used her vehicle to chase a man and was repeatedly trying to run over him, and that when she did hit him, he got up, and she continued to try to hit him with the car as he ran away. According to the reports, she admitted to running over him after he had assaulted her.

Sophia Latiya Johnson, 32, of Longview was released Wednesday on a $500 bond, charged with third or more driving while intoxicated offense and giving a fictitious name. According to an arrest report, the police responded to a request to check on a woman in her car at Gilmer Road and Loop 281 who was slumped over the middle console. The police officer was not able to awaken her, however, she awoke when the emergency medical services arrived. The officer saw alcohol in the vehicle and smelled alcohol on Johnson. She was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center for a mandatory blood draw.

Darkis Ramon Vaughn, 28, of Longview, remained in jail Wednesday afternoon on $7,500 bond, charged with assault family violence with previous convictions. According to a police report, Vaughn chased and struck his girlfriend, with a vehicle. Police determined the pair were driving down North Eastman Road when they began arguing. Vaughn then hit his girlfriend in the right eye and pulled the steering wheel, causing the car to veer off the road. She stopped the car and began walking down the road. Vaughn has four previous convictions for assault family violence.

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