Intoxicated Driver Rolls Truck, Flees Scene, BLANCHARD, November 23, 2010 - At approximately 2:15 am on November 23, 2010, a yellow 2000 Ford Ranger was North Bound on FM-3126 near Blanchard Baptist Church when the driver left the road to the left, struck a culvert and rolled his truck. Witnesses reported seeing a man crawl from the wreckage that appeared intoxicated and fled the scene. Deputies Lee Rogers and Dustin Lowrie were dispatched to the scene along with the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department and DPS Trooper Ramey Bass. Deputies searched the vicinity and could not find the man that witnesses described as wearing a black t-shirt with the sleeves ripped out, burly, bearded with dark hair and bleeding. All traffic on 3126 was blocked during investigation and cleanup. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered the vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. Often, when a driver flees the scene of a single vehicle accident and abandons his belongings, it's because he (or she) is trying to avoid being charged with driving while intoxicated. The vehicle was registered to an owner out of Newton. The incident remains under investigation and the driver is being sought by DPS. The scene was cleared shortly after 3 am.
WARNING: Some of the images below show a small amount of blood.
The 2000 Ford Ranger struck this culvert and rolled on its side.
Trooper Ramey Bass with the Texas Highway Patrol is the investigating officer.
Blood from the driver was visible in the grass.
The vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing.
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