That is where your troubles will begin. In addition to receiving a citation, the driver will be arrested and the vehicle impounded.
The impound cost will be over $200, and additional fees for storage can be incurred after 24 hours...and that’s before you get out of jail or face the judge.
“Our goal is to keep Mathis citizens safe,” Arismendez said. “We appreciate and need continued community support.”
“We need to modify the culture on this in the city,” Arismendez added. “Thinking you can do whatever you want isn’t going to happen. You’d better have a driver license and insurance.”
The Mathis Police Department made three arrests last week for driving while license invalid. In each case, the driver had prior convictions, which enhances the prosecution and makes the offense a felony.
Bradley S. Games, 32, of Orange Grove was arrested July 2 for possession of a controlled substance – crystal meth – and for DWLI with previous convictions.
Also arrested for DWLI last week were Rosario Hernandez, 38, and Dymondtina Valerio, 37, both of Mathis.
Arismendez was also adamant about the department’s relentless pursuit of fugitives, noting that six of the week’s 11 arrests were for outstanding warrants.
“If you are a fugitive and thinking of hiding out in Mathis, we’re going to get you,” Arismendez said.
Rene A. Robles, Jr., 28, of Mathis was arrested on a Jim Wells County warrant for burglary of a habitation and engaging in organized criminal activity.
He was put on the Jim Wells County “10 Most Wanted” on Wednesday (July 2), and MPD officers arrested him the next day.
Leroy Ortiz, 27, of Mathis was arrested July 1 at the Mariposa Apts. on an Orange Grove Police Department warrant for evading arrest/detention.
Randy S. Granados, 29, of Mathis was arrested July 2 in the 900 block of Nevada on a Mathis PD warrant for burglary of a coin collection machine. He is accused of using a crowbar to break into a vending machine at the Mariposa Apts, according to witness statements. Arismendez said the crowbar was recovered.
On July 4, Bryant H. Stuart, 24, of Mathis was taken into custody on two warrants after a traffic stop at Franklin and Perez Streets.
He was wanted on San Patricio County warrants for failure to appear for possession of controlled substance, penalty group 3, and failure to appear for possession of controlled substance, penalty group 2.
Officers responding to a suspicious person call on July 5 arrested Julie A. Gonzales, 33, of Mathis on outstanding warrants for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon motion to revoke probation and motion to revoke probation for credit/debit card abuse. She was transported to county jail in Sinton and held without bond.
Juan S. Perez, 51, of Mathis was arrested July 7 at a residence in the 500 block of N. Frio.
Acting on a tip, six officers surrounded the house with Arismendez entering with a warrant. Perez was found hiding in the bathroom.
Traffic stops led to two other arrests. Timothy Padron, 20, was arrested July 5 for possession of marijuana, more than two ounces but less than four ounces.
On July 6, Kelly N. Sharpe, 23, of Mathis was arrested for possession of a controlled substance penalty group 2-A, synthetic cannabinoid.