Pct. 4 Constable Press Release – Halloween Weekend Arrests

November 2, 2011

Halloween weekend was busy for the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, and not just because of Friday night’s now infamous high-speed chase that ended in Houston.  Deputies were focused on alcohol-related crimes, with 12 deputies on patrol Friday night and six Saturday night.

On Friday evening, deputies had information regarding an underage drinking party in the Cumberland subdivision in Porter, but the gathering disbursed before they arrived.  To the dismay of the teens, however, the deputies tracked 20 of the party-goers to a second location in Splendora. More than half received citations for Minor in Possession of Alcohol and must appear in court.

William Thompson

Jimmy Deltoro

Later that night, in an unrelated incident, deputies arrested 20-year-old Jimmy Del Toro of Porter for Driving While Intoxicated. Del Toro’s arrest occurred in the 12000 block of US Hwy 59 in Splendora. He admitted consuming more than a six-pack of beer and blew a .128 on the deputies’ PBT device.  The same night, deputies arrested 48-year-old William Cleve Thompson of Porter for Public Intoxication.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, a Pct. 4 Deputy Constable arrested 50-year-old Henry Randolph Cotton of Cleveland for Driving While Intoxicated. Cotton’s arrest occurred on the US Hwy 59 northbound feeder road north of Splendora after a concerned citizen’s report. Cotton admitted he was drinking and failed the Standard Field Sobriety Test but refused to have his breath or blood tested.

Charles Sherrill

Henry Randolph Cotton and a Pct. 4 Deputy

On Halloween Pct. 4 deputies attempted to serve five warrants on persons wanted for the sexual assault of children. Most of them had moved from their last known address, but one was found and arrested. Charles Wayne Sherrill, 47, of New Caney is charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.

Halloween is one of two yearly required work days for every Pct. 4 deputy, including reserves. Monday night, more than 15 Pct. 4 deputies were at various locations throughout East Montgomery County for the “trick-or-treat” hours on foot, ATV, and in patrol vehicles.  Deputies were placed according to need. For example, White Oak Plantation in Splendora has a huge amount of traffic Halloween night and only one way in and out of the subdivision, so five deputies worked that area. Likewise, three deputies worked the Cumberland subdivision in Porter where traffic was bumper to bumper. Deputies also patrolled the larger subdivisions where the homes are more spread out, like Kings Manor, North Crest Ranch, River Walk and Oakhurst. 

Pct. 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden was very pleased with the outcome of the Friday through Monday period.

“We had only two DWI arrests over the weekend and they didn’t involve traffic accidents,” Hayden said. “Zero would be better, but two is still a very good number.”

“Halloween night went very smoothly and all of our neighborhoods were safe,” he said. “To my knowledge, we had no disturbances, no arrests, and no lost children, despite a large turnout almost everywhere.” 

Constable Hayden believes having his agency out in full force helped to curtail some of the illegal activities and other problems typical around Halloween.��

“It’s the beginning of the holiday season, and we’re off to a good start,” he said.

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