A second, separate incident involved someone being arrested out of an ice cream truck under suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. According to a news release, 43 year-old Christina Celeste Goodwin was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a warrant on a forgery charge and a warrant on a motion to revoke probation on a forgery charge.
A deputy saw a Frosty Treats ice cream truck at about 7:42 p.m. Sunday in the 6400 block of Golder Avenue, according to the release.
The license plate on the truck was not visible to the deputy, according to the release, and the deputy made a traffic stop on the truck at 69th Street and Russell Avenue.
Deputies found that she was wanted on two warrants, one to revoke her probation and the other on a forgery charge, according to the release. The deputies also found a substance believed to be methamphetamine in an eyeglass case.
Goodwin was being held Monday in the Ector County Detention Center without bond on the motion to revoke probation, on a $7,500 bond on the forgery charge, and bond hadn’t been set on the possession charge. Odessa and Ector County authorities have run into problems with ice cream trucks before.
An ice cream truck driver led Ector County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a chase Sunday night through parking lots and a number of city and county streets before being caught and charged with evading arrest. Jack Dempsey French Jr., 11623 W. Buckeye St., was being held Monday at the Ector County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond.
According to a news release, deputies went to the 6800 block of West 42nd Street and watched as French got into a white ice cream van and left at a high rate of speed eastbound on 42nd Street.
Deputies caught up to the van at Highway 302 and 42nd Street, according to the release, at which point the vehicle did not stop, swerved off the road and made the turn onto Highway 302, going east on Kermit Highway. The vehicle turned north on Pleasant Avenue and then east on 42nd Street, according to the release, at which point the van cut through the parking lot of the Ector County Coliseum to Andrews Highway going south. After that, the vehicle cut through the Odessa College parking lot, through several streets until Loop 338 and West 16th Street, according to the release, where French drove through a fence, got out of the van and ran on foot.
Deputies arrested French and charged him with evading arrest, according to the release.
Ralph David Romo, a 37 year-old man, was arrested in April after a woman saw him taking photographs of girls at Odessa High School and reported it to police. Romo was driving a Frosty Treat ice cream truck.
The woman reported to police that she found Romo listed in a sex offender database, at which point officers discovered that he was working at a different job than what he last reported.
Texas Code of Criminal Procedure requires registered sex offenders to report a change in employment no later than seven days after the person begins working with a new company.
Romo is required to register every 90 days with local law enforcement.
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety sex offender database, Romo was sentenced on May 12, 2003, to four years in prison on a charge of criminal sexual conduct with a victim under the age of 13 in Minnesota.
He was also sentenced on Oct. 17, 2003, to five years and eight months in California on charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 17, sexual battery with a victim under 17, and lewd and lascivious acts involving children/contact with a victim under the age of 14, according to the DPS database.
Romo reportedly did not notify authorities about his job status within the time limit required by state law and was charged with failure to comply with registration requirements, a second-degree felony.
Sheriff Mark Donaldson said it’s important for parents to be watchful of what vehicles their children go up to.
“I think people should make sure any kind of street vendor or something like that — to be aware of something going on,” Donaldson said. Cpl. Steve LeSueur, Odessa Police Department spokesman, said they have heard complaints and rumors in the past of drugs being dealt out of ice cream trucks, but he hasn’t seen any arrests come out of those complaints until now.
“The main thing is it doesn’t matter if it’s an ice cream truck or any other vehicle, if someone suspects suspicious activity taking place … then they should be cautious,” LeSueur said. “Ice cream trucks shouldn’t be singled out. It could really be anyone.”
At the same time, LeSueur said police have been checking ice cream trucks to make sure they’re in compliance with City of Odessa permitting ordinances.