Forney man pleads guilty to stealing, destroying postal truck in Dallas

Forney Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing, Destroying Postal Truck In Dallas

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Forney Man Pleads Guilty To Stealing, Destroying Postal Truck In Dallas

Jason Lee Smallwood had to be restrained for his mug shot. A Forney man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing and destroying a postal truck last winter, dragging a Dallas postman who tried to prevent the theft. Related

Jason Lee Smallwood, 34, was charged with one count of theft of government property, one count of damaging government property and one count of obstruction of correspondence. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In December, Smallwood and three other people in a Chevy Suburban pulled into a Valero gas station on South Belt Line Road. Minutes later, a USPS truck stopped at an adjacent gas pump. According to security camera footage, Smallwood got out of the Suburban and climbed into the postal truck while the postman was paying at the pump. As Smallwood started driving off, the postal worker jumped into the passenger side window, a confrontation captured on security camera footage. Just as Smallwood was about to pull onto South Belt Line, the postman fell from the truck into the parking lot.

Later, Smallwood abandoned the truck, now with extensive damage, in the 12000 block of Windfall Circle in Dallas, according to case documents. He took off his jacket and, now shirtless, approached a group of four family members, asking them if he could borrow a shirt and use their phone. They gave him a blue jersey and let him use a phone. Smallwood called a woman, who refused to pick him up. Three of the family members offered to drive him to a nearby gas station, Marlow s Fuel Center. While they were driving Smallwood to the gas station, police were searching the area. The fourth family member flagged down a squad car and told the officers what happened.

The officers drove to the gas station and were directed inside by the three family members. They quickly spotted Smallwood and arrested him.

Smallwood is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 28.

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