Police: woman strikes man with vehicle

BY ALEXANDRIA RANDOLPH/BURNET BULLETIN

 

One Burnet County man is in the hospital and one Burnet woman is in jail after police said her vehicle struck the man while he was walking down TX 29.

Michele Lee Weems, 34, was arrested on charge of intoxicated assault with a vehicle on Monday, June 13, after police said she hit Robby Stockwell, 38, while he was walking down the highway.

The collision occurred at 7:30 p.m. that evening, when it was still daylight. Weems was driving a white 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck.

“She was driving eastbound in the 2200 block of TX 29 east of the railroad tracks,” said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson. “Stockwell was walking westbound on the south side of the road towards Burnet.”

Nelson said Weems “admitted at the scene she was texting and driving,” and that she thought she had struck a mailbox.

“She came back and found him in a bar ditch,” Nelson said. “He had serious injuries to his entire body.”

A passerby contacted police and they arrived on scene with Burnet Fire and EMS responders.

Stockwell was transported to University Medical Center Brackenridge in Austin in the intensive care unit.

Police performed field sobriety tests, which Nelson said Weems failed.

“She was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated assault. We got a warrant from the judge and were able to get blood samples sent to the DPS lab for an alcohol and drug test,” he added.

Information about Stockwell's condition was unavailable as of press time, though it was confirmed that he remains at the hospital.

Weems remains in Burnet County Jail on bond of $290,000, with two additional unrelated drug possession charges included. Intoxicated assault with a vehicle is a third-degree felony, and Weems could face two to 10 years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. 

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