A local teenager is jailed after he fired shots toward a Houston business from a vehicle, Houston police said.
Dakota J. Bland, 19, of 502 N. Highway 17, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a defaced firearm and minor in possession of alcohol. He is held on $500,000 bond.
Police said they were called June 17 to Sonic Drive In on South Sam Houston Blvd. Witnesses said Bland fired several shots rapidly toward the business, which was open and had people in the area. The driver of the vehicle, Kari Young, 426 S. Fourth St., kicked him out of the vehicle and drove away from the northbound shoulder as he attempted to reload the gun.
Officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Texas County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Police Department arrived at the Fourth Street residence, where Bland was arrested. Officers said Bland had been drinking. A .22-caliber Burgo revolver was found under the passenger seat of the vehicle that Bland had been riding in.
The serial number on the handgun had been filed off to the point that it was illegible, according to a police report.
A witness told police said the Bland’s shooting spree started on the back roads of the area, and he had shot previously toward a dog and horse trailer.
Houston police said Bland also faces charges of damaging county property. While in a booking area, he kicked his shoes off and struck a ceiling light fixture, which broke the outer cover.
In other matters, police:
-Investigated a June 19 accident that police said occurred when a vehicle driven by Mitchell Direnzo, 17, of Elk Creek, pulled from a parking space at McDonald’s and struck a van operated by Katherine A. Rotz, 58, of Eunice.
-Arrested Gregory M. Allen, 18, of Success, on a county warrant charging him with purchase, attempt to purchase or possess cigarettes or tobacco products. He posted $300 bond on June 18.
-Charged Edward A.J. Shukis, 18, of 402 Phelps, with third-degree assault on June 17. The victim told police that she and her boyfriend got into an argument at his residence. The victim said Shukis punched the walls in the residence and at one point put his head through a wall. She said she was struck underneath her right eye.
Shukis told officers that the incident started when he pulled a sheet from underneath him on the bed, causing his hand to slip and strike the victim in the face.
-Cited Reginald Skouby, 54, of 603 Ozark, with disturbance of the peace on June 15.
-Charged Tabitha N. Newell, 17, and Crystal S. R. King, 19, both of 719A Augusta, on unlawful use of drug paraphernalia charges on June 12.
-Investigated a June 8 accident that police said occurred when a vehicle driven by Mozelle McKinney, 85, pulled into a center turning lane and struck a pickup operated by Noveta E. Smith, 70, of 1121 W. Highway 17.