Local Deputy’s Car Damaged In Early-Morning Collision

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GATESVILLE (November 7, 2013) A Coryell County Sheriff’s patrol car was damaged early Thursday morning in an auto crash after which the driver of the other car fled the scene.

Coryell County Chief Deputy Joe Blakley said a deputy was assisting Gatesville police in an investigation when he spotted a car that matched the description of a car police were looking for.

Blakley said the deputy stopped his patrol car near Lover’s Lane and Main Street to wait for the suspect car to turn onto Main Street so the deputy could stop him.

“I don’t know whether (the other driver) panicked or what, but he pulled out onto Main Street and hit the deputy’s car on the front driver’s side,” Blakley said.

The deputy began to chase the other car as it left the scene but in a short time realized that the damage done to his patrol car made in unsafe to drive and he discontinued the pursuit, Blakley said.

The suspect vehicle, a white Ford Crown Victoria, continued eastbound on U.S. Highway 84 and had not been located Thursday, Blakley said.

Blakley did not reveal the suspect’s license number but did say there were several people in the car when the accident happened.

It also was not immediately known why Gatesville police were looking for the suspect, Blakley said.

The deputy was not injured in the crash but the patrol car sustained significant damage, Blakley said.