The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

January 3, 2014

Hit and run perpetrator arrested at Elkhart residence

By GRACE GADDY
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — A 33-year-old man was arrested at his Elkhart residence Wednesday night after being connected to a hit-and-run vehicle wreck and threatening the sheriff’s deputy who confronted him.

Rock Allen Conner, 33, of Elkhart, was driving a 2013 black Ford truck and struck the victim, who was driving a 2013 Dodge truck, from behind, according to a police report. Conner fled the scene of the wreck but was followed by the victim, who was able to retrieve Conner's license plate number and pass it on to local law enforcement.

Palestine Police Lt. James Muniz released a statement to the Herald-Press Thursday that said a state trooper in the area talked with the victim and learned that the truck had gone toward Elkhart.

“The trooper tried to locate the Ford truck,” Muniz said. “The license plate check showed that the truck belonged to 33-year-old Rock Conner of Elkhart. Conner was located at his home in the Elkhart area and was taken into custody by sheriff’s deputies and state troopers at his home.”

Sheriff Greg Taylor said Conner was arrested after displaying aggressive behavior toward officers.

“He was in the house and the officers were knocking on the door,” Taylor said. “They could see him in the house, but he wouldn't come out.”

Taylor said deputies could see Conner's wrecked truck in the yard.

“He finally came out of the house, but he did some threatening and he was charged with assault on a public servant,” Taylor said. “He was pretty belligerent.”

Taylor said Conner was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and remained in jail as of Thursday night. Bond had not been set.