Port Arthur man indicted for child endangerment

Published 12:12 am Friday, January 31, 2020

A 31-year-old Port Arthur man was indicted for endangering a child in relation to a crash that injured four people, including a police officer.

Devon Andre Martin was indicted on the state jail felony by a Jefferson County grand jury earlier this week.

Court documents show that around 1 a.m. July 5 there was a crash between a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville driven by Martin and a Port Arthur Police vehicle on Texas 87 at Austin Street.

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Martin’s two children, ages 10 and 11, were in the back seat at the time of the collision.

The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper that investigated the crash stated Martin was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to control his speed when he hit the police vehicle.

The officer, identified previously as Daniel Summers, was brought to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Martin and his two passengers were brought to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont with serious injuries.

An indictment is not a final conviction of guilt; it is only a ruling by the grand jury that allows the district attorney’s office to proceed with a criminal case.