Lumberton Police arrest three in three days for drunk driving
A series of traffic stops by Lumberton Law Enforcement yielded three drunk drivers over the holiday weekend.
On July 3, at 7:56 pm, Officer Kenneth Aydelotte stopped Clemente Mario Moreno, 36, of Buna, for driving 21 mph over the speed limit in a 45 mph zone.
Moreno was pulled over on Hwy 96 at Chance Road doing 66 mph when Aydelotte discovered the man’s children were also on-board.
Moreno was charged with three counts of DWI, with child passengers all under the age of 15 years. CPS was notified, and the children were turned over to a relative.
He was transported to the Hardin County jail where it was determined that Moreno also has a parole warrant for previous convictions with the Texas Department Corrections.
On July 6, Tricia Ann Vinson, 36, of Pasadena, was stopped on West Walton Road at Walter Road for speeding.
Officer Colton Havard pulled Vinson’s Ford Mustang for doing 78 mph in a 30 mph zone at 3:40 pm.
“Once stopped, she had all signs of intoxication, a field sobriety test, and breathalyzer was given – which she failed,” Lumberton Chief Danny Sullins said.
While detaining Vinson, a citizen stopped to thank the officer saying “the car had been flying down the neighborhood street.”
Vinson was arrested on a class B misdemeanor, and her ire was immortalized in word and gesture on the officer’s video camera.
On July 7, at 11:20 pm, Lumberton Sgt. Trey Brothers arrested Jennette Roqme Murillo, 42, from Katy, at Hwys 69/421.
Several calls reported the driver, and when stopped Murillo was stopped, it was found that she had her six-year-old daughter in the car.
“She said she was returning to Katy from the beach and thought she was in Pearland,” Sullins said.
Murillo failed a field sobriety test, and Justice of the Peace M. Minton issued a warrant for a blood search at Altus.
She was arrested with a DWI, with a child passenger; a state jail felony and CPS was contacted.
Murillo has multiple previous DWI arrests, including other arrests with her child on-board.
“The officers stayed with the little girl until her family from Katy arrived at 3:30 am,” Sullins said.
Tragically, the child told officers she knew of similar holds happening before. “The officers said she was precious; it just breaks officers’ hearts,” he said.