Recent Arrests in East Montgomery County
EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY, July 15, 2015 - Just after midnight Wednesday, a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable responded to a dispatch for a welfare check in the parking lot of a store in the 23800 block of US 59 in Porter, where he found David Thompson asleep in the front seat of his vehicle with the hood up and the driver side door and trunk open. In Thompson’s hand was a plastic bag containing heroin. Thompson claimed a woman handed him the bag and said she would be right back. The deputy also found a marijuana cigarette in a cigarette box on the front seat.
On July 12, just after 5 p.m., a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable was on patrol when he reached the intersection of FM 1485 and Old Houston when he saw a pickup truck on Old Houston driver through a store parking lot and pull onto FM 1485, bypassing the signal light. The truck had a tire that was blown out and the truck was driving on the rim, which was digging into the asphalt and shredding the tire’s rubber, tossing it out behind the vehicle as it continued down the road. The deputy initiated a traffic stop and as they talked, he could smell alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. The driver, Harold Holmes, also exhibited signs of intoxication and the deputy asked him to step out of the vehicle. The deputy was just beginning the Standardized Field Sobriety Test when Holmes voluntarily admitted he was intoxicated and said he did not want to do more tests. He initially consented to a blood draw, but then changed his mind. A warrant was obtained for a blood specimen and Holmes was transported to Conroe Regional Hospital for a blood draw before he was booked into the Montgomery County Jail.
On Tuesday, around 7 p.m., a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of FM 1214 and Old Sorters Road. He saw the driver, Bill Madden, Jr. and a passenger making furtive movements. The deputy asked Madden to step to the rear of the vehicle. He readily admitted there was synthetic marijuana inside the vehicle. His female passenger denied anything illegal was inside the vehicle at first, but acted very nervous and the deputy asked her again at which point she admitted Madden handed her two smoking pipes when they were pulled over and she hid them no her person. She produced the pipes and the deputy found they contained burned methamphetamine.
Bill Madden, Jr., 39 of Porter is charged with state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (Penalty Group 1), less than 1 gram.
On July 3 around 12:15 a.m., a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle that was northbound on the main lanes of US 59. The male driver and female passenger were making furtive movements as the deputy approached the vehicle. Both occupants behave d nervously and fumbled for their identification. The deputy asked the passenger, Lyndsey Welch, to step out of the vehicle and she complied but not immediately. When asked if there were anything illegal in the vehicle, Welch said there was an open alcoholic beverage. Upon initial contact, the deputy had noticed a sealed container of artificial fingernails in the vehicle. After Welch exited the vehicle, the container was on the passenger side, open and artificial nails were scattered around. The deputy found an empty syringe in Welch’s makeup bag, and she said it belonged to someone else. When asked about the open fake nails container, she said there might have been meth inside, but she dumped it out. While talking with Welch, the deputy noticed a small plastic bag on the ground beside where she got out of the vehicle. It was clean and dry, and contained methamphetamine. Welch later said the meth was hers. The driver, James Allphin, denied knowing the methamphetamine was in the vehicle. However, deputies discovered a small plastic bag containing Xanax hanging from the gearshift, which would have been very near the driver’s hand. He also denied knowing the pills were in the vehicle.
Just before 4 p.m. on July 1, Pct. 4 Deputy Constables made a traffic stop on a vehicle at Firetower Rd. The driver, Erin McKusick, showed signs of excessive nervousness, but denied there was any contraband in the vehicle. The truck belonged to the male passenger who said he was having McKusick drive because he had been drinking. He also stated there was nothing illegal in the vehicle and granted the deputy permission to search it. Inside the truck was a plastic bag containing methamphetamine. The male insisted he had no idea the drugs were in the vehicle and knowing McKusick used illegal drugs had told her not to bring them into the vehicle.
Around 10:30 p.m. on June 23, a Precinct 4 Deputy Constable attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a motorcycle that was northbound on US 59 near Kingwood at over 120 miles per hour, frequently illegally changing lanes. When the motorcycle operator, later identified as David Quintanilla, saw the deputy activate his emergency equipment, he immediately crossed five lanes of traffic and took the Northpark exit at a high rate of speed. He then increased his speed, continuing his attempt to flee. The suspect eventually slowed down and made a U-turn onto the southbound feeder, at which time he had difficulty controlling the bike and bumped a curb, causing him to “fishtail” and eventually forcing him to stop.
Just before 4 a.m. June 29, a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable initiated a traffic stop on an SUV that was eastbound on FM 1485 in New Caney. The vehicle continued a short distance before pulling over. The male driver, Justin Trevathan, said he didn’t stop immediately because he couldn’t see and was concerned about crashing the vehicle. The deputy had Trevathan and his female passenger, Ashley Gilmore, exit the vehicle. Trevathan denied there was any contraband in the vehicle and gave consent to search it. Inside the vehicle, the deputy found a breath mints container that had methamphetamine inside. Neither suspect claimed ownership and both were taken into custody. During the booking process, Gilmore attempted to get rid of two small plastic bags that were apparently concealed on her person. On the floor outside of her holding cell, the deputy noticed a small green plastic bag typical of those used to package illegal drugs. When he looked into the holding cell, he saw a second plastic bag on the floor of the cell Gilmore occupied. Both bags contained methamphetamine.
On June 29, around 9 p.m., a Pct. 4 Deputy Constables initiated a traffic stop on a Chevy Tahoe near the intersection of northbound US 59 and FM 1314 in Porter. The driver was slow to respond, continuing about a half mile before pulling over. The deputies saw a dark object tossed from the vehicle as it pulled onto the shoulder and the male driver, Steven Hester, and his female passenger, Crystal Jacob, were making furtive movements as the deputies approached. Deputies retrieved a drink insulator (koozie) containing a glass pipe with methamphetamine inside, as well as a pill container with methamphetamine inside. A liquid found hidden inside the vehicle also tested positive for methamphetamine. When questioned about the koozie, Hester said he was not the person who threw it from the vehicle. Jacob then said she threw it because she was told to do so by Hester. Hester said the methamphetamine in the vehicle did not belong to him, but he offered to arrange for the deputy to help the deputy get a much larger amount than what was found in the vehicle. The total amount of methamphetamine was 212 grams, which has a potential street value of over $21,000.
Steven Eric Hester, 27, of Porter is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture / Delivery of a Controlled Substance (penalty group 1), more than 200 grams, but less than 400 grams.