By JESSIE HORTON
ERATH COUNTY (October 6, 2015) — First responders were dispatched to an accident on US Highway 377/67, south of Dublin, to a one-vehicle rollover just before 7 p.m. Monday. When officers arrived on scene a male subject, believed to be the driver of the vehicle, had fled from the scene.
According to Sr. Texas DPS Trooper Dub Gillum, officers will never know the cause of the accident, which was less than a mile from the county line. However, Jake Beaver, 30 of Dublin, came into the Erath County Sheriff’s Office early Tuesday morning to report his Ford F-250 pickup had been stolen the evening before.
DPS Trooper BJ Hill, who investigated the crash Monday night, interviewed Beaver and discovered not only had the truck not been stolen, but Beaver admitted he had been driving the truck when it left the roadway, went through a fence and rolled over.
“We’ll never know what caused this crash or the real reason he ran from the scene,” said Gillum. “But we do know he was driving on a suspended license and will now face other charges.”
Beaver was cited for failure to report damage upon striking with a vehicle, a class C misdemeanor, and making a false report to the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, a more serious class B offense which is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue, Dublin Fire Department, Dublin EMS, Erath County EMS and Cross Timbers First Responders all were dispatched to assist Erath County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas DPS Troopers with the accident.