A San Antonio man is going to jail for 14 years after using his pick-up truck to ram into the patrol car of a state trooper who was issuing a routine traffic citation.
A Hays County jury convicted Richard Shelby, 38, for intoxication assault.
On Sept. 25, 2008, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper Steve Hoppas was writing a routine traffic citation on Interstate-35 north of San Marcos when Shelby’s pick-up truck rammed the cruiser from behind.
Hoppas, who was sitting in the patrol car at the time of the collision, suffered multiple broken bones in his leg, as well as a torn ligament. Shelby fled the scene on foot, but Kyle Police Department (KPD) officers located him about 1/2 mile from the scene. A subsequent test showed that Shelby had a blood alcohol content of .13.
Shelby, who had no previous criminal history, was also sentenced to a five-year prison term for failure to stop and render aid. Because it was determined that Shelby’s vehicle was used as a deadly weapon, he must serve half of his sentence before attaining eligibility for parole.
The case was prosecuted by Hays County Assistant District Attorneys Sydney Norris and Amy Lockhart, with Judge Charles Ramsay presiding.Email | Print