BASTROP, Texas – The City of Bastrop says its Assistant Fire Chief was struck, and Police Sergeant dragged by a drunk driver while investigating a motor vehicle crash on Highway 71.
On April 1st, 2021, at about 6:00 P.M., the City of Bastrop Police Department and Fire Department were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash at the 600 block of West State Highway 71 within the Bastrop city limits.
The city says Patrol Sergeant Charles Sanford and Assistant Fire Chief Eric DeArmitt were investigating the crash when a motorist identified as Kenneth Crawford, 53 years old of Bastrop County, abruptly entered the crash scene.
As Sergeant Sanford and Assistant Chief DeArmitt attempted to take control of the situation, the city says Crawford reversed his 2020 Jeep Cherokee Latitude hitting an emergency vehicle. He then pulled forward and struck Assistant Fire Chief DeArmitt continuing to travel approximately 50 yards as Sergeant Sandford struggled to take control of the vehicle through the driver’s side window and detain Crawford.
The city says Sergeant Sanford was evaluated and released from Seton Bastrop with a minor injury, while Assistant Fire Chief DeArmitt was released with serious bodily injury which will require ongoing care.
Crawford has been charged with Intoxication Assault Causing Serious Bodily Injury of Emergency Service Personnel, Felony II, and more charges are pending. Crawford was remanded to the Bastrop County Jail after he was medically cleared from Seton Bastrop.