A Cleburne police officer responded to a disturbance call at 11:03 p.m. Saturday at Carver Park on reports of a man intentionally running over pedestrians with a silver car.
Police subsequently arrested Lartress Wydell Davis, 46, of Rosenberg, on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (automobile) and one count of evading arrest with vehicle.
Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Ronny McBroom set Davis’ bond at $85,000.
The first officer on scene was flagged down by an unidentified woman as he entered the park.
The woman pointed to a silver car on Park Street, which had just passed the officer’s patrol car and yelled, “That’s him,” according to Davis’ probable cause affidavit.
The officer turned his “fully marked Cleburne police patrol Tahoe” around, according to reports. Davis meanwhile had completed a U-Turn to where his silver car, with its headlights on bright, was directly facing the officer’s patrol SUV.
The officer activated his flashing lights at which point Davis began driving in reverse of Park Street ultimately backing into Oak Street.
The officer noted that the driver’s side windows of both he and Davis’ vehicles were down. The officer yelled “Stop” at Davis at which point Davis briefly looked at the officer before accelerating westbound on Park Street.
Davis continued eastbound onto Mansfield Road then northbound onto Chase Avenue with the officer in pursuit, according to reports.
Davis stopped briefly at the intersection of Chase Avenue and Morgan Street before accelerating once again northbound on Chase Avenue. Davis pulled over once additional officers joined the pursuit and was taken into custody without further incident.
Police said their investigation revealed that Davis intentionally drove into a group of people at Carver Park and struck four before fleeing the scene.
Davis countered that a group of guys jumped him at the park and was irate that he was the only one the police chose to stop, according to reports.
Several of the victims allegedly struck by Davis’ car were transported to area hospitals, according to the affidavit. Police on Tuesday said all four have since been treated and released.