Austin County District Attorney Travis Koehn says the most recent session of the county’s grand jury had at least two felony cases of driving while intoxicated.
He says this happens in waves, mostly when people call in about reckless driving on Interstate 10. Koehn notes that it takes three convictions of driving while intoxicated to make offense a felony and it is important that they prosecute every case.
In last week’s session of the 155th District Court Grand Jury, which serves Austin County, 62-year old Edwin Stanley Ancel and 41-year old Marty Ray Goodwin were indicted for felony DWI cases. Koenh’s concern is that most people keep driving drunk until they ‘hurt somebody.’
Thirty-three year old Eduardo Hernandez was indicted on two counts of indecency with a child. Hernandez was said to be a family friend who touched an 11 –year old girl inappropriately. He was arrested for this offense in March.
There were a total of 12 indictments for several offenses in the grand jury session. Two were sealed indictments for suspects who have not been arrested yet.
Twenty-two year old Johnathon Reese Erickson was arrested for evading arrest in a motor vehicle for an incident in January.
Twenty-nine year old Hiram Tramaine Hayes was indicted for credit card and debit card abuse. He arrested for this offense in October of 2012.
Adrian Martinez was arrested for the possession of a controlled substance in a drug free zone. The 22-year old defendant was arrested in March.
Twenty-two year old Joseph Alexander Hordge was indicted for the possession of a controlled substance after his arrested in December.
Thirty-four year old Justin Neil Owens remains in the Austin County Jail for burglary of a habitation and for the unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Owens has been in custody since February.
Thirty-year old Alexander Clark Ramsey was arrested for possession of a controlled substance just a few weeks ago, on May 18th. He was indicted for that offense last week.