A Bacliff man was arrested Sunday and charged with a felony in connection with the death of a motorcyclist on FM 646 on Tuesday.

Bacliff resident Jesse Ray Bales, 48, was arrested by deputies following a traffic stop, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

Bales was charged with accident involving death, according to police records. He also was charged with driving without a driver’s license and with possessing a wrong, altered or obscured license plate.

Accident involving personal injury or death is a charge filed against a person who doesn’t immediately stop and render aid following a crash.

Bales is accused of being the driver of a truck that drove through a crash scene on Tuesday evening and of hitting and killing Bacliff resident John Redfield, 64.

Redfield had been riding a motorcycle around 7 p.m. Tuesday, when he crashed into a car that crossed into his lane of traffic.

Redfield was thrown from his motorcycle and, as he was on the ground, was struck by a truck that drove through the crash site.

The truck didn’t stop, and investigators spent the days after the crash trying to identify the driver.

Trochesset said Redfield was believed to be alive after the first crash and was killed by the truck.

The driver of the car in the initial crash, Bacliff resident Mollie Ann Bivens, 26, was charged with intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury Tuesday.

Bales was in custody at the Galveston County Jail on Sunday afternoon. He was being held on $81,000 bond, according to jail records.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; or on Twitter




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(3) comments

James Lippert

A great relief for the friends and family of the innocent victim Mr. John Redfield. May justice be swiftly served.

Jack Reeves


Bill Sterchi

WOW. Altered plates, Suspended license, runs over a crash victim, potentially delivering the fatal blow, and 81K Bond. This person apparently does not participate in following the laws that provide a border of civility for the rest of us, and another person who shot two people gets 161K bond. When following a motorcycle, one should give them their "two car lengths". If they fall off, for whatever reason, they will come to an abrupt stop on the pavement rather quickly, which should give one time to stop before running them over. However, since this person hasn't a modicum of understanding of traffic safety, he now gets to pay the price of killing someone because of his carelessness and obvious poor attitude for the law.

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