Driver Who Fled Accident Caught in Dayton

DAYTON, March 17, 2012 - Recently Amy Waller sent a Letter to the Editor to describing the difficulties her parents were having with driver’s wrecking out and running through their fence damaging their property.

One such incident Waller describes in her letter this way, “On the morning of Saturday, March 10, at approximately 11:15, a truck ran off FM 563 plowing through two mailboxes and a fence. It is evident from the scene that the vehicle went through the fence sideways on the driver's side. Then it made a u-turn and drove back onto FM 563, heading south, fleeing the scene. An eye witness to this accident described the vehicle as a 1995-2005 Chevrolet Silverado extended cab truck.”

Waller further states, “The property and fence belong to Brooks Miller. I contacted the Liberty County Sheriff's Office twice, at 11:43 and 12:54, but no deputy ever responded. During the second call to LCSO, the dispatcher told Mrs. Waller that they notified Texas Highway Patrol. Mrs. Waller told them no one has shown up for over an hour at that time. The dispatcher said as soon as a deputy came in, he would have someone call. But guess what, no one ever called or came to the scene!”

Waller having a description of the vehicle and knowing the exact model of the vehicle by tracing part numbers on the truck’s mirror which was broken off in the accident and left at the scene, Waller spotted the vehicle in Dayton and notified the Dayton Police Department.

Waller followed the vehicle to the Dollar store in the parking lot of the Dayton Town Center Shopping Center where Thriftee Foods is located.

Dayton Police were dispatched to the scene and Sgt. John Coleman and others responded.

Once confronted by Dayton Police the driver and owner of the vehicle readily admitted that in fact she was the one who ran through the Miller’s fence, damaging their property and fled the scene.

She was identified as Jacquelyn McDowell approximately 50 years old of Liberty.

According to Sgt. Coleman McDowell fled the scene of the accident because she did not have the money to pay for the damages and she did not want to file it on her insurance.

Identity and insurance information from McDowell was given to Waller.

The more officers spoke to McDowell the more they suspected that she was intoxicated and far to intoxicated to drive. A field sobriety test was conducted and McDowell was taken into custody on charges of Public Intoxication being a threat to the safety of herself and others and transported to the Liberty County Jail.

Information has been given to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department for possible investigation and further charges being brought against McDowell for leaving the scene of an accident.

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