Port Arthur man steals mother’s Mercedes SUV, crashes into parked cars

Published 12:32 am Saturday, September 4, 2021

A Port Arthur man who reportedly stole his mother’s car and wrecked it was indicted this week for the theft.

According to court documents, a woman called Port Arthur police at 7 a.m. July 30 to report her Mercedes Benz SUV missing from the driveway. She was told the vehicle had been involved in a wreck earlier that morning.

She was reportedly told that Daniel Craig Moaning, 34, was driving the vehicle at the time of the crash.

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Later that day the woman decided to file charges for the theft and unauthorized use of her vehicle.

Police said, in a probable cause affidavit, Moaning was driving the vehicle in the 4800 bloc of 13th Street at approximately 1:09 a.m. July 30 when he struck a parked car, which then struck two other parked cars. Moaning was arrested for outstanding warrants at that time.

Moaning remains in custody on a $10,000 bond for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, $500 bond for trespassing and $20,000 bond for possession of a controlled substance.

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.