Driver Rolls Vehicle, Passenger Arrested, LIVINGSTON, August 16, 2015 - At approximately 6:45 am on August 16, 2015, a black 2001 Saturn sedan driven by Byron Edward Parkinson, Jr., 36, of Channelview, was west-bound on US-190 East (approximately a mile east of SHECO). According to Parkinson, he fell asleep at the wheel. His vehicle veered left, crossed over the west-bound lanes, left the pavement, rolled down an embankment and turned over. His vehicle came to rest upside down. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with Corporal Jacob Chapman with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Trooper Donny Akers with the Texas Highway Patrol. Parkinson and his passenger, Janine Layne Ortiz, 33, of Houston, crawled out from the wreckage. Fortunately, nobody was injured. As it turns out, Ortiz had a warrant for her arrest out of Liberty County for a probation violation for theft. Corporal Chapman detained Ortiz and transported her to Polk County Jail. Traffic was not blocked during investigation and cleanup. Parkinson was cited for driving with an invalid license, violating driving restriction (not wearing prescription glasses while driving) and no seatbelt. A rollback wrecker from LakeView Towing recovered Parkinson's vehicle and it will be stored in Livingston.
Byron Edward Parkinson, Jr. rolled his 2001 Saturn sedan off 190 East (about a mile east of SHECO).
Corporal Jacob Chapman cuffed and arrested 33 year old Janine Layne Ortiz for a warrant out of Liberty County.
Trooper Donny Akers speaks with Parkinson.
Parkinson's vehicle was turned upright and recovered by LakeView Wrecker Service.
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