Three Charged with Inspection Sticker Crimes
by: Rod Rice, November 16, 2009 9:11:23 pm
The station is "5 Minute Inspections" at 735 West 26th Street. The men are 27-year-old Cesar Hernandez, 19-year-old Ernesto Bastard and 49-year-old Miguel Castillo.
This is DPS's Tela Mange.
"They believe the station was issuing hundreds of inspection stickers a month or more on vehicles they did not actually inspect."
Mange says the trio has been charged with tampering with a government document which is a 2nd degree felony. Punishment could be up to 20-years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
And she says the station is linked to a deadly bus accident.
"This station inspected the charter bus that was involved in a crash near Sherman in August 2008 that ended up killing 17 people who'd been on a trip to a church camp in Missouri."
The victims were from Houston.
Mange says DPS is looking into the inspection sticker aspect of the case.
Rod Rice, KUHF-Houston Pubic Radio News.