Judge Mett’s, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace has been big on education since taking office. He has been very strict on students who fail to attend school and even tougher on parents who allow their children to miss school. Over the past year he has jailed many both students and parents on contempt of court charges for continued absences. Last week he held a court session for many more students and parents who did not attend the last months of school. On this court date five were jailed on contempt charges. However many thought they slipped through the cracks by just not showing up in court. This was not the first time it has happened and Failure To Appear Warrants were issued each time.
Today Judge Metts Staff along with the Precinct 4 Constables Office, New Caney ISD Police, Splendora ISD Police and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office participated in a warrant round up to clear some of these warrants. Deputies fanned out throughout Montgomery County arresting these people and bringing them to jail. After all was said and done over twenty people were placed in the Montgomery County Jail. Many others came in to pay their fines.
As most were being booked in and the holding cells filled one young lady, Trina Mitchell Hill of Splendora thought different of being there. She walked out of the building. It was noticed immediately and deputies fanned out around the courthouse area in an attempt to locate her. About thirty minutes later she was located across the freeway from the annex and was taken back into custody. She now faces an additional charge of escape.
These are not the only warrants that exist in Precinct 4, over 28,000 warrants are currently in the files. These include traffic, Failure To Appear, Contempt of Court, and many others.
Constable Rowdy Hayden has promised to start arresting more and more of these people to clear the backlog. The people who were run on today and were not home or avoided the law enforcement task force can expect a knock on the door or even a visit to their place of employment in the very near future.
The cost of the fines could increase even more if that person were stopped on traffic and it was determined a warrant for their arrest existed. That person could immediately be placed in custody and their vehicle towed at a cost of over $200 charged by the wrecker companies for towing and storage. Both Judge Metts and Constable Hayden urge these people to turn themselves in immediately or face arrest.
Both Constable Hayden and Judge Metts wanted to extend their thanks for the assistance of the New Caney ISD Police, Splendora ISD Police and the the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, especially Sheriff Gage who sent a van over to the East County Annex to transport all the prisoners and for the extra burden on their office having to book and house these prisoners.
To check to see if you have a warrant you can use the link below or call the judges office.
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