Kaufman, Texas – December 20, 2010
Ronnie Bannister, age 54, of Gun Barrel, and Johnathan David Marrs, age 31, of Kemp, were arrested for Possession Transportation of a Chemical with intent to manufacture a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1/1A, as well as Evading Arrest Detention with a vehicle.
Kaufman County deputies attempted to stop a 1997 Ford Crown Victoria traveling northbound on highway 34 for a traffic violation. Trying to evade deputies, the suspects quickly parked their vehicle in a driveway of a residence on County Road 4092. Both suspects were quickly apprehended as they fled their vehicle.
Upon approaching the vehicle, deputies noticed an overwhelming odor of what they believed to be anhydrous ammonia coming from the rear of the vehicle. After being given consent to search the vehicle, deputies found two propane tanks filled with anhydrous ammonia. One propane tank was leaking severely, releasing the toxic gas in the trunk of the vehicle. The leak was contained and the vehicle was impounded.
Both suspects were transported to the Kaufman County Law Enforcement Center without incident, where both remain, with bond set at $300,000.00 for Marrs, and $32,463.00 for Bannister. Bannister is also being held for warrants out of Dallas County, Gun Barrel PD, and Mesquite PD.