Juvenile apprehended after early morning crash, chase
Police Chief Thomas Harris said patrolling Ofc. Dale Bekker observed a car with a headlight out—also being driven erratically— and attempted to stop it.
“At that point he thought the driver was probably intoxicated,” Harris said.
Harris said the driver sped west down US 79 and was clocked at 115 miles per hour before wrecking the vehicle near Cefco.
The driver was extricated from the vehicle by volunteer firefighters, using their jaws of life apparatus.
“He was treated at Scott & White Hospital, but only had minor injuries and was released later that morning,” Harris said. “At that point he was taken into custody by Cameron police.”
Harris said the juvenile, a Cameron resident, was wanted in connection with an incident in that city where a house key was stolen, the residence was burglarized and a vehicle was taken.
CHILD INJURY—Scott Randall Patranella, 21, of Rockdale, was charged with injury to a child March 13 after an investigation by Child Protective Services (CPS).
Harris said official at Richards Memorial Hospital notified police and CPS that a two-year- old child had been brought to the hospital for treatment of a lacerated mouth and a bruise on top of the head.
Harris said the investigation indicated a bottle had been placed in the child’s mouth and it had been struck on the head.
Patranella was released after posting $8,000 bond.
PURSUIT—Police were involved in a second pursuit during the week while investigating a minor traffic offense.
Harris said the driver involved fled on foot and has not yet been captured by police.
OFFENSES—An attempted identity theft is under investigation.
Harris said the victim reported an attempt to use his Social Security number to collect benefits in another state.
A citation was issued in connection with a shoplifting incident at Dollar General during the week, according to police.
In another repor ted thef t, police said a loading dolly was reported taken at a storage locker during the week.
WRECKS—In addition to the chase described above, police also investigated five traffic wrecks during the past week inside the Rockdale city limits.
A two-vehicle accident was reported at 2:35 p.m. March 14 in the Lee’s Landing parking lot.
Police listed the driver as Taylor Pickett, 16, of Thorndale. Police said the second vehicle was parked and unoccupied.
Damages were termed minor.
Minor damages were a lso reported in a two-vehicle collision at 1:05 p.m. Thursday at the Cameron-Wilcox (US 79-FM 487) intersection.
Drivers were listed as Mason Kruger, 21, and Paul Brockenbush, 39, both of Rockdale.
No injuries were reported in a 7:46 p.m. Thursday two-vehicle collision at the Cameron-Main (US 79-FM 908) intersection. Police listed drivers as Bobby Brown, 58, of Cameron and Joshua Simank, 30, of Rockdale.
Moderate damages were reported in a 1:08 p.m. Friday collision at the Bell-Wilcox intersection.
Drivers were listed as Cassidy Herring and Ellwood Whitby, both of Rockdale.
Moderate damages were also reported in a 6:03 p.m. Friday collision at the East Cameron (US 79)-Pear intersection.
Drivers were listed as Florida Williams of Cameron and Randall Schoppe of Rockdale.
CITATIONS—Traffic citations during the past week included 40 for speeding, nine for no MVI sticker, six for failure to maintain financial responsibility, four each for driving while license invalid and operating a vehicle with expired plates, three for running a stop sign, two each for disregarding a traffic control device and no driver’s license and one each for expired driver’s license and violation of child safety restraint requirements.
One citation was issued for violation of the city’s outdoor burning ordinance during the past week.
WARR ANTS—Police made five arrests on local misdemeanor warrants during the past week,
SERV ICE CA LLS—Police made 153 calls for service during the past week and 101 through the 911 system.
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