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.