A Brownwood man was charged with intoxication assault with a vehicle in connection with a four-vehicle accident Saturday in Early that sent a former Early City Council member to a hospital via helicopter, police said.
    Matthew Gipson, 22, was arrested after being released from Brownwood Regional Center and is free on $50,000 bond, according to Early police and Brown County Jail records.
     Police said Gipson was driving the vehicle that caused chain reaction rear-end collisions at the intersection of Early Boulevard and C.C. Woodson at 5:40 p.m.
     David Gray, the former Early City Council member, barber and business owner, was listed in good condition Monday at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.
    Three vehicles, including one driven by Gray, were stopped at a red light in the same lane on Early Boulevard before the accident. Gipson’s vehicle struck one of the stopped vehicles from behind, triggering the other collisions, police said.
    There was no sign of braking by Gipson’s vehicle, police said.
    Gipson was transported to Brownwood Regional Medical Center, and officers applied for a search warrant to obtain a blood sample.
    No other injuries occurred.
    Traffic was diverted off the Early Boulevard eastbound lanes through the Tractor Supply parking lot to C.C. Woodson. Part of C.C. Woodson near the intersection was also closed to land the helicopter.
    Early police and fire, Brownwood police, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and air evac responded to the accident.