Crime

Truck driver accused of dumping sludge in Parker County ditch

A Garland truck driver is accused of dumping about 100 gallons of cooking oil and grease in a Parker County ditch on Monday after his vehicle got stuck in the mud on the side of a road. Deputies arrested the driver who faces a felony charge of unauthorized discharge.
A Garland truck driver is accused of dumping about 100 gallons of cooking oil and grease in a Parker County ditch on Monday after his vehicle got stuck in the mud on the side of a road. Deputies arrested the driver who faces a felony charge of unauthorized discharge. Courtesy

A commercial truck driver faces a felony charge after deputies say he dumped about 100 gallons of used cooking oil and grease in a Parker County drainage ditch.

The driver told Parker County deputies that the truck had gotten stuck in the mud on Monday, and to get out he decided to lighten his load by releasing the sludge in the ditch, the Parker County sheriff said.

Deputies arrested Jimmy Williams, 33, of Garland and he faces a felony charge of unauthorized discharge.

“People should understand that it is a serious crime to dump pollutants in our environment,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a news release.

A witness notified the sheriff’s office on Monday of a commercial truck dumping oil in a ditch in the 1700 block of W. Farm Market 1885.

Williams told deputies that his truck had become stuck in the mud on the side of the road. He dumped the sludge in the ditch which had moving water, authorities said. The oil and grease made it down the ditch about a quarter-mile. The stream feeds the lake at Mineral Wells State Park.

Authorities contacted Williams’ company Texas BiProducts, and crews from TAS Environmental, a private company, cleaned up the scene.

Williams was released from the Parker County Jail on Tuesday after posting $15,000 bail.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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