Driver From Deadly Crash Jailed, But Not for The Crash

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Douglas Dean Sowell, 22, was arrested Thursday for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft of a firearm, according to online jail records.

Separately, Sowell was also named as one of the drivers in a deadly crash on April 1 at 19th Street and Vicksburg Avenue.  Court records do not indicate any charges for the crash that took the life of Jack Rudolph Wages, 80.

EverythingLubbock.com did ask police by email if there is new information on the crash. An update will be provided, if necessary. 

Related Story: LPD Releases Name of Victim in Sunday’s Deadly Crash   

An arrest warrant said “D. Sowell had been involved in a wreck on April 1st.  His vehicle had been totaled and he did not have access to another vehicle.”  

The arrest warrant said on April 16 he took a different vehicle without permission from the 2100 block of 65th Street. The warrant also said a purse was in the car, and the victim found a fraudulent charge on her credit card after the theft.  

A few days later, a witness talked to police.  

When the witness saw Sowell with a car, she thought it might have been stolen, according to the police report.  

Police were able to track down Sowell by phone, and he told officers where to find the vehicle, which was in the 3900 block of Uvalde Avenue. 

Sowell admitted by phone that he tried to use a credit card he found in the stolen vehicle, according to the warrant, but he claimed it didn’t work.  

Sowell was held Thursday in the Lubbock County Detention Center on bonds totaling $12,500.  The arrest warrant did not provide information about the allegation of a stolen gun. 

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