Man driving stolen pickup with meth pretended to be wrecker driver & tried to tow vehicle

CHAMBERS COUNTY — Deputies in Chambers County have arrested a man accused of stealing a pickup truck, pretending to be a wrecker driver, and trying to tow an abandoned car on Interstate 10. Investigators found meth in the pickup when they took the suspect into custody.

It began when a Chambers County detective traveling eastbound on Interstate 10 near the Trinity River Bridge at about 2 p.m. Thursday saw an older model wrecker style truck and what appeared to be an attempt to hook up to a vehicle that had been abandoned for a few days.

The detective noticed the truck was lacking required Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation numbers printed on the side of the wrecker, at which time he turned around and made contact with the only individual on scene, Roy McDaniel, 39, of Woodville. In speaking with McDaniel, the detective observed multiple discrepancies in McDaniel’s story.


After additional investigation, the detective discovered the vehicle McDaniel was operating was stolen out of Orange County. A further probable cause search of the stolen vehicle uncovered approximately 2.5 grams of methamphetamine. McDaniel was taken into custody at that time and transported to the Chambers County Jail on charges of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.

“I appreciate the dedicated service of Chambers County Deputies and Detectives as well as their proactive police work and commitment to keeping Chambers County safe,” said Sheriff Hawthorne.

Written by KFDM/FOX4

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