Labor Day Weekend citations, arrests & racing

Over the Labor Day Weekend, APD used grant funding to provide extra enforcement on the streets of Amarillo.

Since Aug. 28, APD reported making five DWI arrests, two arrests for other offenses, the issuance of 105 speeding citations, 11 seat belt related citations, 35 citations for other non-moving violations (for example, expired registration, driver's license violations), and 80 warnings.

In other traffic activity, APD made three arrests for racing.

On Aug. 29 at 11:40 p.m., officers arrested Cody Scott Pownell, 19, after he was seen racing another vehicle in the 1500 block of Bell. He was booked into the Potter County Detention Center for racing and minor consuming alcohol.

On Sept. 1 at 1:25 a.m., officers saw two vehicles racing in the 3500 block of Amarillo Blvd. East. When the officers tried to stop one of the vehicles, it turned north on N. Fairfield. The driver made several turns in an attempt to get away from the officers before stopping in a driveway in teh 1200 block of N. Marrs.

The officers, assisted by officers working the grant-funded patrol, booked the driver, Rigoberto Herrera-Mendoza, 33, into the Potter County Detention Center on charges of evading arrest in a vehicle, racing on a highway, DWI with blood alcohol in excess of .15, driving with an invalid license, and open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

On Sept. 1 at around 6:05 p.m., an officer was eastbound in the 3300 block of SW 58th. He saw two motorcycles that were westbound on the same street, approaching him at a high rate of speed. After the motorocycles passed, the officer turned to stop them.

Before he could catch up, one rider failed to negotiate the curve in the 4100 block of SW 58th, went into the parking lot, hit a parking stop, and then a tree. The female rider was thrown from the motorcycle. She initially declined medical assistance for visible injuries.

She was taken into custody and transported to the hospital.

Medical examination showed that she had received more serious injuries in the accident. She was admitted for treatment.

She was not booked and her name cannot be released unless she is booked or charges filed.

The driver of the second motorcycle returned to the scene when he realized that the other rider was not with him.

He is Matthew Barclay Gardner, 40. He was arrested for racing on a high way/with serious bodily injury, a felony, and booked into Randall County Jail.