Man allegedly tries to run over MPD officer


Dents can be seen in the back door and rear quarterpanel of this Mexia Police patrol car, and the headlight assembly of the truck that hit it rests atop the trunk, after the sedan was rammed Wednesday by a shoplifting suspect driving a red Chevy pickup. Shown above are, l-r, DPS Trooper Allen, who is investigating the wreck; MPD Chief Richard Hawthorne; MPD Corp. William Rogers, who was driving the patrol car, and a tow truck company employee. Mexia News photo/Brenda Sommer

A Mexia Police corporal was injured after a fleeing suspect in a pickup rammed the officer’s patrol car then allegedly tried to run over the officer during a high-speed chase Wednesday that wound through downtown residential areas of Mexia.
The suspect in the case is 45-year-old Lonnie Gadson of Gatesville. He has been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer, evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, evading arrest or detention and theft of property between $50 and $500.
The events began shortly before 3 p.m. June 11 when a call came in from H-E-B, at 701 E. Milam, reporting a man trying to steal a cart of groceries worth $411. According to police, Gadson first fled on foot, then returned to the parking lot and his 2005 red Chevrolet Silverado pickup. As the first officer to respond pulled into the lot, store employees pointed out the now-fleeing truck to the officer, and a pursuit began.
The pickup raced north on Red River, then headed east on Rock Road, running a stop sign at Ross then flying into a ditch before entering the R.Q. Sims Intermediate School parking lot.

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