A motorist told Brownwood patrolman Sky Self he was sorry for his “pretty ridiculous” driving Thursday night and said he wasn’t used to the Ford Mustang’s power.
Self let the motorist go with a verbal warning.
About an hour later, Self stopped the Mustang again because of the motorist’s driving, and he wasn’t as generous. Self arrested the driver, James Ashby, 21, of Goldthwaite, on a charge of reckless driving, Brown County Jail records state.
Self first saw the Mustang at 7:26 p.m. in the 300 block of Austin. The car accelerated and weaved tightly in and out of traffic, and fishtailed at one point, nearly sending the Mustang’s back corners into other traffic, Self’s report states.
The car accelerated at high speed through a yellow light, and Self got the car stopped in the 1000 block of Fisk. The driver said he didn’t realize he had been driving at high speed, but said he did accelerate down Austin to get around other cars. He also told Self he had briefly lost control when the car fishtailed because he wasn’t used to the power.
Self gave a verbal warning. At 8:25 p.m., Self saw the Mustang in the 100 block of Market Place, in front of a Hyundai Tiburon. The Mustang accelerated at high speed, fishtailing, Self’s report states.
Self stopped the Mustang, and the driver’s “first words to me were ‘he was on my (expletive),’” the report states. “He said he was irritated at the Tiberon because he felt it was driving too close. He said the Mustang has lots of power and he was having trouble getting traction on the wheels, and that was why he was burning his tires.”
In other incidents:
• Deputies Pete Bastardo and Harold Allgood arrested Glen Moore, 38, of Rising Star, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop near the Williams community. One of the vehicle’s occupants had methamphetamine, sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Aaron said.
• Deputy Jason Benefield and reserve deputy James Stroope went to the Southmore Terrace Apartments to serve two warrants on a man sought in drug cases.
Deputies arrested James New, 20, on warrants charging him with delivery of a controlled substance and delivery of marijuana, jail records state. He was also arrested on a new charge of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces.