March 29, 2017
By Bryan Kirk
BAYTOWN, TX — A local Chevron truck stop is the subject of a lawsuit for failing to stop illegal activities at that location.
The truck stop, located in the 1900 block of Interstate 10 East, is a known location by law enforcement officials and local residents for prostitution, drugs, illegal gambling and assaults.
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan filed the lawsuit against the establishment on March 13.
According to court documents, the property owners know what’s going on, and tolerate the activity by doing little or nothing to abate the illegal activities.
Assistant County Attorney Celena Vinson said it’s a dangerous situation that affects the quality of life of residents living nearby.
Vinson has prosecuted similar nuisance cases, particularly in areas of northwest Houston in recent months were nuisance properties were sued and ordered to make adjustments to abate illegal activity, such as hiring security and installing security cameras.
Those lawsuits also require a significant bond payment to the state.
Meanwhile, according to the lawsuit, the court will establish the parameters, which will include a the payment of a bond to the state between $5,000 and $10,000 under the condition that they will not allow the activities to continue.
But if the owners violate the bond violated, court documents state the bond amount and attorney fees would have to be paid by the owners, and the Chevron Gas Station Truck Stop would be ordered to close for one year.
Other potential penalties include having utilities turned off, revoking occupancy permit, or closing the business permanently.