An Ellis County grand jury has filed a felony charge of racing on a highway causing bodily injury against David Guerrero, 19, of Waxahachie.
The incident occurred Feb. 3 on Palmyra Road near Garrett, with Department of Public Safety troopers responding to the scene of a single-vehicle accident at about 10:47 p.m.
Accident reports and the indictment allege two vehicles were racing on the roadway en route to a party, with one vehicle losing control and crashing into a fence line and trees.
Guerrero was the driver of the vehicle that did not crash, according to the reports and indictment, with assistant district attorney Lindy Tober saying a charge remains pending against the driver of the vehicle that did crash.
The driver and a passenger in the crashed vehicle were transported for medical care, according to the reports, which indicate alcohol may have been involved.
Injury to a child
Kollin Carruthers, 30, of Red Oak was indicted on two charges of injury to a child relating to a May 24 incident.
One of the children fled the home during a domestic dispute and went to the home of a relative, who contacted police, assistant district attorney Patrick Wilson said.
“The child made an outcry of physical abuse,” Wilson said, saying the child’s story was corroborated by police and a report also was filed with Child Protective Services.
Theft of livestock
Ronald Clay Walker, 37, of Elkhart was indicted on a charge of theft of livestock, less than $100,000.
Walker was a former employee of a ranch in Venus that determined 26 yearling cattle went missing, Wilson said, saying the Texas State Cattle Raisers Association and Texas Rangers handled the investigation.
Abandoning a child
Tommy, 50, and Beverly Wakefield, 45, of Ferris were indicted on a charge of abandoning/endangering a child.
An 11-year-old girl had appeared at a convenience store out in the country and wanted to buy an ice cream, Wilson said, saying a female customer offered the child a ride home after hearing she had walked to the store.
The woman drove the child home but when she didn’t see anyone else there she contacted police, who determined the child was home by herself, Wilson said, noting that the living conditions at the residence - which had no running water - were such that Child Protective Services also was contacted.
Burglary of a
Ruben Lopez, 31, of Ennis was indicted on four charges of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony.
Lopez allegedly burglarized the same residence on numerous occasions during a several-month period, Wilson said, saying surveillance cameras and a confidential informant’s tip led to his identification and arrest.
The homeowners estimated losses in excess of $16,000 as a result of the burglaries, Wilson said.
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