Montgomery County Commissioners accept restitution check for the county from a fuel spilling case

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Montgomery County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts addressing the Court about a restitution check from a man involved in a fuel spilling incident.

Montgomery County Commissioners on Nov. 12 accepted a check for $5,000, that a man, who plead guilty to dumping fuel on roadways in East County, had to pay as part of his sentence.

The item was presented to the Court by Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office said the defendant, 32-year-old Luis Mario Vela-Reyes, plead guilty on Aug. 22 to the Class A Misdemeanor Offense of Unauthorized Discharge of Waste or Pollutant, which was fuel in this case.

Prosecutor Nathan Alsbrooks said the punishment for Vela-Reyes was paying $5,000 in restitution plus an additional $1,000 fine, two years of community supervision and 50 hours of community service.

Alsbrooks said on Jan. 20 of this year, a 911 call was made that there was fuel leaking all over the roadway at Highway 99 and Valley Ranch Parkway, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies followed the leak for five miles to the end of 21257 Oak Leaf Boulevard, where they found Vela-Reyes sitting inside of a truck.

Alsbrooks said two 30-gallon canisters of fuel were found attached to the truck, and it was leaking all over the ditch and the roadway.

Deputies found the defendant’s wallet at the scene, and in it was a receipt for a fuel purchase out of Liberty County. There were also miscellaneous credit cards and gift cards found, and Alsbrooks said one of the credit cards was connected to a woman, who said someone had attempted to make a fraudulent charge of $140.00 on it.

During the Nov. 12 Commissioners Court meeting, Commissioner James Metts thanked Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon and his staff, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers for investigating this case.

“It (the incident) caused a lot of problems and was a very dangerous situation,” Metts said. “On the side streets, on the asphalt, I pulled up in my pickup and just sitting there, the pavement was so slippery, that my pickup was just sliding off the road not even moving. It was a very dangerous situation, and I really appreciate that the District Attorney’s Office got restitution in the sum of $5,000 to go towards the repairs of this incident.”

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