Officer spots questionable vehicle at Fuel Depot; Port Arthur man indicted for unauthorized use

Published 12:47 am Saturday, July 17, 2021

A 21-year-old Port Arthur man was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on a charge of stealing a vehicle.

Daniel Guajardo remained Friday in the county jail on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle with a $5,000 bond, as well as two $500 bonds for unlawfully carrying a weapon and marijuana possession.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Port Arthur Police noticed a Dodge Durango parked at Fuel Depot, 4200 Gulfway Drive.

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The plate reportedly matched the plate of a vehicle stolen out of Port Arthur more than a month prior, the document stated.

As the officer turned around to stop the vehicle, the driver began to leave the parking lot. The officer followed and made a traffic stop in the 4000 block of Stanley Boulevard.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver complied and was arrested for theft of the vehicle.

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.