An early morning traffic stopped turned into a foot chase when the occupants of the vehicle jumped out.
At 12:30 this morning, Aug. 5, Amarillo Police Department officers on routine patrol conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1500 block of I-40.
Officers had observed this vehicle prowling around the hotel/motel parking lots and noticed that the vehicle had expired registration.
The officer turned on his emergency equipment, noticing the car was occupied by two male subjects. As the car came to a stop, both the driver and passenger doors opened and both occupants exited the vehicle.
The passenger looked directly at the officer and took off running toward an adjacent parking lot. The driver was detained and placed in the back seat of the patrol car. He was identified as Joshua Carl Simmons, 33.
The driver claimed he had no idea who the passenger or why he would run from officers.
Additional officers were sent to the area in attempt to locate the passenger.
With the help of a K-9 unit, the passenger was located and tried to run a second time; however, he was quickly apprehended.
The passenger was identified as Chad Kenny Simmons, 28, brother of the driver.
Chad was found to be in possession of a 9mm pistol that was reported stolen from Mission, Texas.
Joshua was arrested and booked into Randall County on the traffic charges.
Chad was booked into Potter County on charges of felon in possession of a firearm, evading arrest/detention, and three local municipal traffic warrants.