A Galveston County man is suing a Texas City car dealership and a League City towing company, asserting he lost a finger while his car was towed in April 2017.

Michael Lewis filed the lawsuit against DeMontrond Auto Group and League City Towing Jan. 22 in the 56th District Court, asserting he was seriously injured at the auto group’s Texas City location, 3220 Interstate 45.

League City Towing towed Lewis’ vehicle to the dealership after Lewis’ friend had accidentally locked keys inside the car while it was running, according to the complaint.

The tow truck driver struggled to unload the vehicle once it arrived at the dealership and eventually asked Lewis to turn one of the vehicle’s wheels while he applied lubricant, according to the lawsuit.

As the wheel turned, the car came loose and ran over Lewis’ right hand, according to the lawsuit.

The incident resulted in Lewis losing his right ring finger and suffering a crushed pinkie finger, according to the complaint.

The lawsuit seeks between $100,000 and $1 million in damages, court records show.

The defendants have not yet responded to the lawsuit, court records show.


An insurance company is suing a Kemah gas station, asserting it was mixing water with its fuel, leading to engine problems with a vehicle the company insured.

Conifer Insurance Co. filed the lawsuit Jan. 18 against Kemah Food Mart in the 56th District Court, stating that Bayview Towing & Recovery owned a vehicle it insured.

A Bayview employee filled up the insured 2017 Dodge Ram 2500 truck with about $56 of diesel fuel at Kemah Food Mart in September 2017, according to the complaint.

Shortly after leaving the station, the driver noticed the truck wasn’t working correctly and a display icon came on showing water was in the fuel, according to the lawsuit.

A League City dealership inspected the truck and confirmed there was water in the fuel that led to about $23,500 in repairs, according to the lawsuit.

Kemah Food Mart was negligent by selling the contaminated diesel despite previous complaints about the fuel, the lawsuit asserts.

The lawsuit seeks $100,000 or less in damages, court records show.

The defendants have not yet filed a response to the complaint, court records show.


A Galveston bar gave a man too much to drink and it led to him injuring a woman when he crashed into the car she was driving, a recently filed lawsuit asserts.

Mandi Yarbrough filed a lawsuit Friday in the 122nd District Court against BOI Entertainment doing business as The Albatross, a bar at 815 21st St.

Employees at the bar kept giving a man drinks in March 2017 even though he was clearly intoxicated, according to the lawsuit.

After leaving the bar, the man failed to yield at a stop sign at 16th Street and hit Yarbrough’s vehicle, according to the complaint.

“As a result of the incident, Mandi Yarbrough has suffered permanent and life- altering injuries,” the complaint asserts.

The lawsuit seeks more than $1 million in damages.

The defendants have not yet responded to the complaint, court records show.


A Santa Fe woman is suing her insurance agent, arguing he didn’t secure flood insurance despite saying he would before Hurricane Harvey.

Kayla Renee Arnold filed the lawsuit against Joseph Foree, of Conroe, Jan. 11 in the 212th District Court, asserting the two in August 2017 had reached an agreement to purchase homeowners, windstorm and flood insurance for her home in Santa Fe.

Hurricane Harvey then hit the Galveston County region in late August 2017, dumping more than 50 inches of rain in some areas.

Arnold’s home sustained damage in the storm, according to the complaint.

Arnold then contacted Foree Aug. 30, 2017, to file an insurance claim and he informed her she didn’t have an active flood or windstorm policy because her application and payment were sitting on his desk, according to the lawsuit.

Foree then admitted his fault in a Sept. 2, 2017, phone call, the lawsuit asserts.

The lawsuit seeks more than $75,000 in damages.

The defendant has not yet responded to the lawsuit, court records show.


Five trials are set for Galveston County courts this week, Assistant Criminal District Attorney Bill Reed, the felony division chief, said.

• The 10th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Tamara Nicole Singleton, 35, of Galveston, on charges of assault against a public servant, Reed said.

• The 56th District Court is hosting a capital murder trial against Evan David Nolan, 28, of League City, who is accused of beating his 6-year-old daughter to death.

• The 122nd District Court is hosting a jury to hear evidence against Allen James Baxter, 32, on a charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance between 4 and 200 grams.

• The 212th District Court is hosting a jury to hear evidence against Michael Patrick Fiore, 57, who is on trial for his third driving while intoxicated charge.

• The 405th District Court will host a jury to hear evidence against Michael John Ray, 41, on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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