SUV involved in Nevada carjacking located here

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Apr. 9, 2007 - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers helped Las Vegas authorities locate a car involved  in a carjacking and assault in Nevada and took the driver of the car in custody for stealing the vehicle.

State Trooper David Reynolds was credited with the traffic stop and subsequent arrest.

Reynolds stopped the 2002 silver Chevrolet Trail Blazer just after midnight Sunday. He was stopped for speeding past a stationary emergency vehicle near the 141 mile marker on Interstate 30. The driver and lone occupant was identified as Justin Lynn Westmoreland, 40. 

Westmoreland initially tried to pass himself off as someone else, going so far as to present another persons's Nevada driver's license to Reynolds. That resulted in the man being charged with failure to identify.

Authorities Monday morning had yet to determine the man's actual residency, as he told them he didn't know his current address and stuck to his story, according to arrest reports.

To compound his offenses, a quick but routine records check showed the Trail Blazer to have been stolen out of Las Vegas, Nev., during a carjacking incident in which the owner was assaulted. Westmoreland was arrested at that point for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Westmoreland was still being held without bond in Hopkins County jail early Monday morning for Las Vegas Police on the stolen vehicle charge, according to jail reports.

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