A woman told police she was the driver of a pickup that wrecked Thursday night in Brownwood, and no, she said, she was not chasing a car when the wreck happened.
Police told her witnesses had given a different story, and the woman changed hers, a report by officer Zane Taylor states.
The woman said a man who’d run off after the wreck was the driver. She said they’d been chasing a car because an occupant of the car, whom she’d met the day before, owed her $10 and she needed the money for gas, Taylor’s report states.
Jimmy Rutledge, 52, who police believe was the pickup’s driver, was booked into the Brown County Jail on a DWI charge, jail records state.
Taylor was dispatched to the wreck at 8 p.m. at Main Boulevard and Elm. He arrived to find a damaged 2001 GMC Sierra pickup sitting off the road, with a utility pole lying across the road in front of the truck.
Witnesses told Taylor the truck was chasing a Ford Mustang and the man who was driving the truck got out and ran off after the wreck. Officer James Kidd found the man hiding in weeds and bushes in the 2500 block of West Main, Taylor’s report states.
The man told police he left the wreck scene to use the rest room.
Taylor asked the man how much he’d been drinking, and the man said he’d had two beers. “He then looked at me and smiled, and stated ‘two 24-ounce Natural Lite beers,’” Taylor’s report states.
In other incidents:
Officer Patrick Sloan arrested Sean Johnson, 27, on a DWI charge after a traffic stop Thursday night in the 500 block of Watson. Deputies seized a starving horse from a small lot just outside city limits off West Main, and Justice of the Peace Bob Wall has ordered the horse sold at auction.
Sheriff’s Sgt. David Mercer said deputies received a complaint of a mistreated mare in early April. The owner said he would feed the horse better and take her to a veterinarian, Mercer said.
In early May, deputies received another complaint related to the same horse, and Wall ordered the animal seized, Mercer said.
The horse was in “very poor condition, very underweight,” Mercer said. “We’ve had her 10 days. She’s starting to show a little sign of alertness but she’s not healthy by any means.”
Proceeds from the sale will go toward what the county has spent on the horse’s upkeep, which is more than $600, Mercer said.
“She’s a very gentle horse, a very good-natured horse,” Mercer said.