- Kevin Quinteros took his children while he raced an illegal race with his car
- Quinteros was stopped when he was going almost 100 miles per hour on a Houston highway
- The man faces charges for exposing his two children to danger and starring in an illegal career
Kevin Quinteros was arrested in Houston, Texas for starring in an illegal race at full speed and worst of all: with his two children as passengers. Agents of the Constable of Harris County Sheriff’s Office Precinct 4 (HCCP4) detained Quinteros after a chase and discovered his two sons inside the vehicle.
Quinteros, 26, was taken to the prison of the Harris County to face his criminal process before Judge Amy Martin, of the 253rd Criminal District Court in Harris County, charged with the crimes of illegal racing on the road and two counts of endangering minors.
Kevin Quinteros and his illegal career
According to the legal documents of the case, consulted by MundoHispánico In Texas, Kevin Quinteros’ two sons are seven months and three years old. The two children, who were in the back seat of their father’s car when he was running at more than 90 miles per hour, were placed at the disposal of the children’s mother.
In the arrest warrant against Kevin Quinteros, it is detailed that on Saturday, March 27, 2021 in the afternoon, an HCCP4 patrolman who was making his rounds on the West Lake Houston Parkway in the area of Atascosita, a northeast suburb from the greater Houston area, he saw two cars racing against each other on that road.
The persecution of Kevin Quinteros
The agent requested reinforcements from other officers of the corporation and went out to chase the two cars that were racing down the road. Illegal auto racing in the United States has become an endemic problem in the greater Houston area and has even caused deaths.
Before his colleagues from HCCP4 reached the scene, the agent who spotted the two cars running at full speed, even above 100 miles per hour, caught up with the two vehicles that were trying to escape from the agent. The officer managed to maneuver himself to close on one of the cars on Wood Walk Lane, before he escaped.
The problem of illegal racing
However, before the other HCCP4 agents arrived at the scene to assist their partner, the other vehicle that was participating in the illegal race in the city of Atascosita managed to flee at full speed through the streets of the neighborhood. The agents mounted an operation to locate him, but could not find him.
When the patrolman approached the vehicle that he had managed to stop, and which was already surrounded by other patrols, he discovered that two small children were in the back seat. The officer demanded that the driver identify himself and reveal who the minors were. The detainee, Kevin Quinteros, admitted that the two children were his sons.
Kevin Quinteros is released on $ 2,100 bail
Kevin Quinteros was taken to the county jail, his car was seized by authorities, and the two children were turned over to their mother, who took them home. Judge Amy Martin asked that a social worker from the Child Protection Services (CPS) investigate the family environment in which the children live.
Judge Martin allowed Kevin Quinteros to go free to face his legal process at liberty on a bond of $ 2,100. However, the judge imposed a series of restrictions on the defendant, such as submitting to weekly urine tests to know that he does not consume alcohol, that he does not leave the state and that he does not carry weapons.
Kevin Quinteros could have his license suspended
Kevin Quinteros has already been released after posting his bail, and Judge Amy Martin has not determined when the defendant will have his first hearing. The Texas State Penal Code It details that the charge of endangering a minor carries a sentence of two years in jail, to whoever is responsible for that crime after a trial.
However, Kevin Quinteros could face far more serious consequences, as the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPDS) has the power to revoke your driver’s license if it considers you to be a danger behind the wheel for other motorists. The judge has already informed the TxDPS of the Quinteros case.
Hispanic Parents, Illegal Careers, and Children
Kevin Quinteros is not the only Hispanic father who has been stopped running at more than 100 miles per hour, in an illegal race through the streets of the greater Houston area and with his children in the car. In the Houston County criminal records, MundoHispánico in Texas he found another similar case.
Young mother Karla Gutiérrez, 33, was stopped by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in her Cadillac car, when she was driving more than 80 miles per hour in a race against two other women. The woman was in her car with her two children, ages two and four, when she was arrested.
Karla Gutiérrez faces justice
As in the case against Kevin Quinteros, mother Karla Gutiérrez faces two charges of endangering minors, her children, by allegedly starring in an illegal race on the night of Saturday, March 20, 2021, when she was arrested. and his car seized right in the middle of his illegal career.
The two cases against Karla Gutiérrez are contained before Judge Colleen Gaido, of the 337th District Court in Harris County and who, after being arrested, granted the woman the right to get out of jail to face her criminal proceedings in freedom after paying a bond.
An illegal race and a victim
On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at 2:30 in the morning, agents of the Houston Police Department (HPD, for its acronym in English) attended a report of an illegal race on Richmond Avenue near the corner of Hillcroft Street, where one person died.
HPD patrols arrived at the scene of the accident where witnesses told them that two cars were racing each other in a race at full speed, when one of the drivers of a Dodge Challenger car, for some reason, lost control of his car. and he made several turns on the street, until he collided with a tree on the ridge.
Fighting a crime that risks innocent victims
After the Dodge Challenger car hit the tree, the car immediately caught fire and that’s when some other drivers called 911 to report the tragic incident. According to some witnesses, the driver of the Challenger car was racing against a BMW and which escaped the scene when the accident occurred.
Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, the HPD patrol called for the presence of the firefighters of the Houston Fire Department (HFD) to put out the fire and try to rescue the driver. However, the fire burned the driver and due to his burns, authorities have not been able to identify him.
Dozens of arrested for starring in illegal car races
Detectives from the Vehicle Crimes Division stated in their report that the body of the person who was driving the Dodge Challenger was left in such bad condition due to burns, that so far forensic doctors have not been able to determine if it was a man or a woman. Their IDs cannot be used either, as they were all burned.
Just last weekend, from Friday, March 26 to Sunday, March 28, the various law enforcement agencies of the Houston metropolitan area arrested more than 100 drivers for being the protagonists of various illegal races at full speed through the streets and city roads.
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