Two In Custody After Hit-And Run With Patrol Car

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A man and a woman were in custody Monday after their arrest in connection with a hit-and-run wreck that damaged a local deputy

Stephen Andrew Jackson and Loria Renee Paynter (Jail photos)

GATESVILLE (November 18, 2013) Two suspects were being held Monday in the Coryell County Jail after police arrested them in connection with a wreck that damaged a Coryell County deputy’s patrol car.

Loria Renee Paynter, 22, and Stephen Andrew Jackson, 21, both of Gatesville, were facing charges of evading arrest or detention and deadly conduct but bond had not yet been set for either, Coryell County Jail records showed.

Gatesville police arrested both Sunday on warrants issued after a car crash on November 7 that left a Coryell County Sheriff’s patrol car damaged.

The patrol car was damaged in an early-morning crash as the deputy assisted Gatesville police in an investigation, Coryell County Chief Deputy Joe Blakley said.

The deputy spotted the vehicle linked to the incident and stopped his patrol car near Lover's Lane and Main Street to wait for the car to turn onto Main Street so he could stop the driver, Blakley said.

"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 tried to pursue the vehicle, but the damage to the patrol car made it unsafe to drive, Blakley said.

The suspect's vehicle, a white Ford Crown Victoria, continued eastbound on U.S. Highway 84.

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

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