The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

July 2, 2014

ACSO deputy crashes into fence, cause of wreck unclear

PALESTINE — An Anderson County Sheriff’s Office deputy was saved by a chain-link fence on Wednesday after driving out of control off East Spring Street through a field behind the First Presbyterian Church of Palestine.

Deputy Donnie Myers, driver of the vehicle, was stopped just short of crashing into a brick building in the Kroger shopping center plaza.

A path of tire marks could still be seen in the grass around 2:30 p.m., when emergency responders and ACSO officials gathered at the scene to investigate. The car was wedged in a clump of bushes and brush along the fence.

Sheriff Greg Taylor told the Herald-Press that Meyers' car had apparently been heading east on East Spring Street.

He said the wreck was probably caused by a medical emergency, though he was unsure on Wednesday afternoon as to what that emergency might have been.

Witnesses said it looked like he may have had a seizure,” Taylor said, remarking it was unclear.

He is in his thirties. He has never had one before.”

Taylor said Meyers was conscious following the accident, though he appeared to be a bit incoherent.

Meyers was transported by ambulance to Palestine Regional Medical Center.

Taylor said the hospital was going to keep him overnight, though the deputy had sustained “nothing life-threatening” in terms of injuries.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ricky Jones is investigating the wreck, which is common practice for DPS when law enforcement is involved.

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