The driver of a Southwestern Motor Transport 18-wheeler was briefly detained Wednesday night during a traffic stop performed by the Uvalde Police Department because the company had failed to remove the attached trailer from a list of stolen trailers.
The incident occurred just after 9 p.m., when United States Border Patrol agents patrolling East Main Street ran the driver’s license plate.
“It came back as stolen out of Harlingen, Texas, so they relayed the information to us,” said Uvalde Police Department Lt. Mariano Pargas. “An officer made the stop in the 300 block of East Main Street. We contacted the company and, after further investigation, it was determined the trailer was no longer considered stolen.”
According to Pargas, the vehicle was reported stolen but later found and put away in storage for several months before it was unintentionally placed back in rotation.
Pargas noted the traffic stop was considered a felony traffic stop, thus officers had their weapons drawn when they asked the driver to step out of the vehicle. The driver complied and was released that same night. No charges will be filed.