A Corsicana Police officer was nearly the victim of a hit-and-run Friday night in the 3900 block of South U.S. 287, while he was helping a stranded motorist.

The incident took place about 10:40 p.m. July 4 when Officer Shelby Lytle was standing next to the broken-down vehicle on 287, when another car came by and hit his patrol car, narrowly missing the officer.

“The suspect hit the left front quarter panel of the patrol car and nearly struck the officer. It just barely missed him,” said Asst. Police Chief Ronny McGaha.

The officer tried to pursue the suspect’s vehicle, but his patrol car was too badly damaged, so he used his radio to alert other officers, and to give them a description of the car.

The suspect’s vehicle was located in the 400 block of West 10th Avenue.

Belinda K. Sanchez, 41, of Dallas, has been charged with her third driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license, and possession of a prohibited substance (drugs) in a correctional facility. She was arraigned Saturday morning by Justice of the Peace Vicki Gray, Precinct 1. Bonds were set at $20,500. The drug and DWI charges were $10,000 each, and the license was $500, Gray explained.

A 62-year-old Corsicana woman was a passenger in the vehicle, and she was also charged with public intoxication.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating both the driving while intoxicated charge, as well as the wreck, McGaha said.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com.

 

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