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Reckless driver avoids collision
Houston County Courier - May 2009
TRINITY – Quick action by Trinity police helped prevent a traffic accident Monday on Highway 19 South in Trinity.
After receiving a report of a reckless driver traveling north on Highway 19 toward Trinity, Police Chief Steven Jones and Sgt. Thomas Park headed to the area to investigate.
Shortly after noon on Monday they spotted a black 2004 Ford Taurus driving in the highway median near the southern city limits. By the time the officers turned their car around, the Taurus was traveling north in the southbound lanes.
Jones drove his patrol car beside the Taurus and forced it back across the median. The police chief said he continued to drive in the median to prevent the car from crossing back over until it stopped.
“This was not a high speed pursuit or anything like that. We never got over 50 miles per hour, but when the car crossed over into oncoming traffic, we had a very dangerous situation,” Jones said.
Once the car was stopped, Jones and Park found two brothers inside – Mathew Peyton, 50, and Mark Peyton, 54. Their driver’s licenses listed an Ennis address but both men told officers they were currently homeless.
Mathew Peyton, the driver, was charged with reckless driving and both men were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
In addition, drug possession charges are pending the outcome of laboratory analysis of a number of pills and a substance believed to be heroin that were found in the car.
Mark Peyton was released Tuesday after promising to pay a fine on the drug paraphernalia charge. Matthew Peyton was being held on a $1,000 bond on the reckless driving complaint.
Assault warrant issued
In other police activity, a warrant charging Tiarra Granville, 17, of Conroe with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has been issued.
Granville is charged with using a knife to injure a 16-year-old Trinity girl during a fight on May 9.
The fight occurred near the intersection of Walker and Sabine streets. Jones said that sometime during the altercation, a knife was produced and the juvenile sustained minor cuts to her face, arm, hands and chest. She was subsequently treated and released from East Texas Medical Center-Trinity.