Police arrest Vidor man for hit-and-run and assault on officer

Police arrest Vidor man for hit-and-run and assault on officer

Police arrested a Vidor man Aug. 14 after he reportedly struck a vehicle from behind, bolted from the scene of the accident and then assaulted a responding officer who followed a trail of car parts to find the fleeing suspect.

According to a report from the Vidor Police Department, a caller reported that while stopped at the intersection of Old Highway 90 East and the I-10 service road in his Ford F-150, a silver Nissan Versa struck his vehicle from behind and kept driving.

Another caller contacted the police department after seeing the silver car with heavy damage “driving erratically” down East Railroad, the road on the other side of the tracks from Old Highway 90 East where the accident occurred.

While Officer Tom Meadows spoke to the first caller whose vehicle had been struck by the silver car, Officer Ethan Mansfield searched for the suspect vehicle. As he drove down East Railroad where the second caller reported seeing the car, the officer spotted car parts in the roadway. The trail of debris led him to the damaged Nissan Versa described by the callers. It was parked in the 3800 block of East Railroad with the driver still inside.

Officer Mansfield approached the driver, identified by police as 40-year-old Brad Ernest Smith, noting the suspect’s “slurred speech.” Smith told Mansfield he had been drinking and had consumed “three 16-ounces,” according to the report. The officer asked Smith to get out of the car, and then asked him for his ID. As he searched the car, Mansfield reports, the officer saw Smith throw something out of the vehicle onto the ground. When he asked Smith “to please not litter,” Smith reportedly “became irate, got out of his car, and began yelling and swearing” in Mansfield’s face, spewing tobacco onto the officer as he screamed.

Mansfield then got out the handcuffs, clamping them on behind Smith’s back as the suspect allegedly attempted to escape. Mansfield and a “civilian bystander” wrestled Smith to the ground, but he kept fighting, Mansfield stated, ultimately digging his fingernails into the officer’s hands.

Acadian EMS responded to the scene and treated Mansfield and Smith. Smith was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital for medical clearance before being taken to the Orange County Jail where he booked in for assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and his second DUI.