Environmental crimes investigators arrest man for dumping sludge

A Metroplex man was arrested for dumping oil and grease into a Parker County drainage ditch.

On Monday, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a commercial truck dumping oil into a drainage ditch in the 1700 block of West FM 1885. Upon arrival deputies met with the driver, Jimmy Williams of Garland, who reported that his truck had become stuck in the mud on the side of the road.

The Sheriff’s Office dispatched Environmental Crimes Investigators to the scene who met with Williams. Williams told the Investigators that he was hauling used cooking oil and grease. Williams said that he thought he could get out of the mud if he lightened the load and proceeded to dump around 100 gallons of the sludge into the water in the ditch.

The ditch, which had moving water in it, had carried the oil/grease down the road approximately ¼ of a mile. The watershed feeds the lake in Mineral Wells State Park. The company who reportedly owns the vehicle, Texas BiProducts, was contacted and TAS Environmental,a private clean up company arrived at the scene to begin clean up of the site.

Williams was arrested at the scene for Unauthorized Discharge, a felony violation of the Texas Water Code. Williams was released from the Parker County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

Sheriff Larry Fowler said about the incident, "People should understand that it is a serious crime to dump pollutants in our environment."

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