Racing arrests

Joseph Allen Glass, left, and Chandler Elvin Owens

Two teens racing on Loop 281 in Longview were clocked at 91 mph by authorities, according to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers.

Joseph Allen Glass, 17, of Gilmer and Chandler Elvin Owens, 17, of White Oak were arrested late Saturday night after Trooper Terry Lummus observed both drivers accelerate from a green light and reach 91 mph in a 45-mph speed zone. Owens had multiple passengers in his Ford Mustang and admitted to having a tobacco product, which was located inside the car.

A second trooper, Justin Craig, stopped Glass, who also was driving a Ford Mustang. The trooper later saw a text message on Glass’ phone indicating that he “was planning on racing Owens,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Both teens were booked into the Gregg County Jail just moments after midnight Sunday and were each released later that day on $2,500 bond.

Drag racing has led to several arrests in Longview in the past few years.

Racing on North Eastman Road/U.S. 259 in Longview caused the deaths of two teenage girls and seriously injured a woman in September 2017 and resulted in both drivers being sentenced to prison.

Chad Palmer Malone, 20, of Longview pleaded guilty in February 2019 to two counts of racing causing death and one count of aggravated assault in the wreck that killed his sister and fiancée. He was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Davin Blain Davis, 21, of Hallsville pleaded guilty in August to two counts of racing causing death and one count of aggravated assault and also was sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Malone and Davis were indicted on charges stemming from a two-vehicle crash Sept. 22, 2017, on U.S. 259 that killed two passengers in Malone’s car: his sister, Rylee Malone; and fiancée, Meshebia Johnson, both 17.

Christa Wilson of Harleton was severely injured when she was ejected after the pickup she was driving was struck by Malone’s car.

Data from Malone’s car showed him to be driving 109 mph two seconds before the airbags in his car deployed.

Eight days after the wreck on Eastman Road, Longview police arrested an 18-year-old Longview man after police said he had been drag racing on Loop 281 and then tried to evade patrol officers by turning off his headlights.

Juan Jesus Rico was arrested Sept. 30, 2017, and charged with racing on a highway and evading arrest/detention with a vehicle. He was released from Gregg County Jail on $9,500 in bonds on Oct. 1, 2017.

Longview police at the time said three cars were seen drag racing in the 1900 block of West Loop 281 when officers tried to arrest the drivers.

Rico turned off the headlights of the car he was driving, failed to stop at the Bill Owens Parkway intersection and stopped in the parking lot of Big Daddy’s Stereo in the 2600 block of Bill Owens Parkway, police said at the time.

Rico pleaded guilty Oct. 25, 2018, to racing on a highway and received a deferred adjudicated sentence of one-year probation, community service of 48 hours and a $300 fine. His probation ended Nov. 12.

Soon after Rico’s arrest in 2017, Longview police also arrested two men on charges of racing on Loop 281.

Cody Glen Green, 20, of Hallsville and Jesus Roldan, 19, of Longview were arrested Oct. 6, 2017, according to online jail records.

Police said an officer saw two vehicles at about 9:40 p.m. Oct. 6 driving west on Loop 281 between McCann Road and Bill Owens Parkway. The vehicles were seen racing side by side in both directions on Loop 281.

An officer saw the vehicles accelerating and clocked them at speeds of 77 mph and 79 mph in an area with a 50 mph speed limit, according to police. Police said Green and Roldan were the drivers.

Roldan was released later the same night on a $1,000 bond and pleaded guilty Nov. 17, 2017, to racing on a highway. He received 12 days in county jail, one-year probation, 96 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine, online court records show.

Green was released Oct. 13, 2017, on a $1,000 bond and pleaded guilty Jan. 23, 2018, to the charge of racing on a highway. He received 10 days in county jail, one-year probation, 96 hours of community service and a $1,000 fine, online court records show.

Jimmy Daniell Isaac covers the city of Longview and Gregg County. Follow him on Twitter: @jimmyisaaclives.