Livingston PD: Amarillo man endangered 3 kids by ramming vehicle of his child's mom

Published: Mar. 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM CDT
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Justin Owens (Source: Polk County Jail)
Justin Owens (Source: Polk County Jail)

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Livingston Police officers arrested a 28-year-old Amarillo man for child endangerment Tuesday after he allegedly drove at speeds of up to 90 mph and rammed a vehicle driven by the mother of his 2-year-old son, who just happened to be in the car with him.

In addition, two children, ages 4 and 7, were in the vehicle with the mother of his son when he allegedly rammed her on State Highway 190.

Justin Dewayne Owens is still being held in the Polk County Jail on three second-degree felony charges of abandoning or endangering a child, a parole violation, and misdemeanor charges for no driver's license or insurance.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Livingston Police officer made a traffic stop on Owens in front of the town's Walmart Tuesday. Earlier that day, Owens had stopped at the Sandy Creek Marina Gas Station in Onalaska, where he purchased a beer and a juice for his 2-year-old son.

The affidavit stated that the mother of Owens' 2-year-old boy parked her vehicle in front of Owens' vehicle. Then Owens allegedly drove through a grassy area to get around her.

The child's mother pulled alongside Owens while he was traveling on State Highway 190 toward Livingston. At some point, Owens allegedly used his vehicle to ram the woman's vehicle. Her other two children were in the car with her at the time.

In addition, the affidavit said Owens reached speeds of up to 90 mph in an attempt to elude his child's mother.

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