One arrested after Sunday morning chase in Ballinger

Ruben Cantu-Rodriguez

BALLINGER– Ballinger Police Officer Ethan Farmer was injured and one suspect was arrested after a chase occurring Sunday morning, between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. starting at the Ballinger Old Lake. Ryan Barrow, 21, of Paint Rock, was charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, aggravated assault on a peace officer and DWI. Barrow was taken to Runnels County Jail.

Sunday morning Ballinger Police Department responded to a call at the lake. Earlier, an injured juvenile was taken to Ballinger Memorial Hospital. The juvenile had been apparently assaulted while at the lake.

Upon arrival, Ballinger Police officers Ethan Farmer and Travis Baird found a large number of people. They attempted to pull over a vehicle which refused to stop an evaded arrest. Officer Farmer ran into a three on a curve of the road. Barrow rammed Officer Baird’s patrol car and a pursuit ensued.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Runnels County Sheriff’s Office, and Concho County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit, which ended up in Paint Rock, where the suspect was arrested with the assistance of Concho County deputies.

Officer Farmer was taken to Ballinger Memorial Hospital were he was treated for lower back pain and later released. The patrol car, a 2012 Dodge Charger, was totaled.

Ballinger Chief of Police Mark McNulty said that Barrow will be also facing charges for numerous traffic violations. Two more juveniles and one adult were in the vehicle with Barrow.