Struggle with driver who ran after crash leaves local DPS trooper injured

James Todd Kavenaugh O’Byran. (Jail photo)
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BELL COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) James Todd Kavenaugh O’Byran, 21, of Kempner remained in jail Wednesday facing a list of charges after a struggle following a weekend traffic crash left a local Department of Public Safety trooper injured.

O’Bryan is held in lieu of bonds totaling $115,000 charged with assault on a public servant, resisting arrest, evading arrest and driving while intoxicated.

The complaints stem from a single-vehicle crash on Sunday in Bell County to which DPS Trooper Zachary Akers responded.

As Akers arrived, he spotted a man who was running from the scene whom bystanders identified as the driver of the vehicle that crashed, an arrest warrant affidavit says.

Akers caught up with the man, whom the affidavit identifies as O’Bryan, and tried to take him into custody.

“O’Bryan resisted and began to struggle with Trooper Akers,” the affidavit says.

The two fell to the ground and O’Bryan landed on the trooper’s knee, the affidavit says.

“Trooper Akers heard a pop to his knee, felt immediate pain and was unable to stand,” the affidavit says.

Bystanders detained O’Bryan until other officers arrived, the affidavit says.