Deputy Injured in Pursuit

EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY, June 17, 2014 - A Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable was transported to a hospital Tuesday morning after crashing an ATV during a pursuit. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. in Lone Star Ranch Subdivision. Fortunately, the deputy was wearing a helmet and only sustained minor injuries. He was examined in the hospital’s emergency room, where he was treated and released.

Members of the Constable’s Office were patrolling that subdivision and others due to a rash of recent burglaries. The ATV’s are sometimes utilized for this type of patrol because they are less noticeable than a regular patrol vehicle, and useable on more terrain, with the ability to go where a car or SUV cannot.

Two deputies noticed a red Dodge Ram 1500 pickup when it turned onto Lone Star Drive, crossing the oncoming lane of traffic, without using a turn signal on the heavily traveled SH 242. The pickup’s two white male occupants looked at the deputies, one of whom was signaling the truck to stop, and then looked forward and kept going. The deputies then saw the driver disregard a stop sign and increase his speed significantly. The deputies followed with lights activated.

The truck was northbound in the 16200 block of Wild Oak Lane when the driver slammed on his brakes and turned into a driveway.  When the pickup stopped abruptly, the deputy traveling closest behind was forced to take evasive action to avoid striking the truck. As a result, the deputy’s ATV flipped and he was ejected, landing on a concrete driveway. The second deputy saw the truck’s passenger, 33-year-old Scott Andrew Conn of Conroe, get out of the truck and try to walk away, initially ignoring orders to stop. Conn finally complied and the deputy took him into custody. The suspect had a methamphetamine pipe in his belt area, along with a small amount of methamphetamine.

Amazingly, the injured deputy managed to get on his feet and handcuff the driver, 41-year-old Patrick Glenn Heatherly of Conroe, before collapsing. Medics and additional Precinct 4 units responded. Another deputy took over with the driver and found he too had methamphetamine on his person.

Scott Andrew Conn is charged with state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and class A misdemeanor Evading Arrest / Detention.

Patrick Glenn Heatherly is charged with state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and state jail felony Evading Arrest / Detention with Vehicle.

The vehicle was seized.

Deputies patrolling using ATV’s will continue throughout the summer in various neighborhoods to reduce thefts and burglaries.

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