Indictment: San Angelo man found sleeping in vehicle after trying to run someone over

Alana Edgin
San Angelo Standard-Times
Olen Kenneth McClain

SAN ANGELO — A San Angelo man has been indicted months after a person was run off the road while driving and almost run over, according to court documents released Monday.

About 6 p.m. Feb. 2, 2021, police arrived in the 5000 block of North Bryant Boulevard to a crash. A 1999 Chevrolet car struck a business's metal fence. A pole had gone through the car's front windshield and out the back passenger side window, injuring the driver's head, records state.

The driver, who was bleeding from the back of his head, told officers he had left a Walmart and was traveling northbound on Bryant. As he headed toward the Chadbourne Street exit, he noticed a white pickup accelerating behind him, according to the arrest affidavit.

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The pickup crashed into the car's bumper multiple times. The car took the exit and drove to the parking lot of a business while the pickup pursued. He stopped the car near the fence and the pickup struck it, pushing it into the fence, records state.

The car's driver exited his vehicle and asked what the pickup driver's problem was. The man driving the pickup responded "something to the effect of ... (the car driver) knew what he had done and that (the pickup driver) knew who (the car driver) was," records state.

The car driver said he attempted to take the pickup driver's attention from his car by running away. While he ran, the pickup pursued and attempted to run him over. The car driver called police and the pickup fled, according to court documents.

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Investigators found the license plate of the white pickup, which belonged to a 39-year-old San Angelo man. A Tom Green County Sheriff's Office deputy found the man sleeping in the pickup near Landers Road at 6:49 p.m., records state.

The man showed signs of intoxication and was arrested. When asked about the crash, he refused to give a statement, according to the affidavit.

Olen Kenneth McClain, 39, was arrested Feb. 11 on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and going off bond for driving while intoxicated third or more. He remained in Tom Green County Detention Center in lieu of a $150,000 bond as of 8 a.m. Monday, according to online jail records.

He was indicted on both charges in April. Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years and a fine not to exceed $10,000. The intoxicated charge is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years.

McClain has been previously convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2011 and 2017, according to the indictment.

Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at aedgin@gannett.com