BEE CAVE, Texas (KXAN) — A man in Bee Cave was arrested after hitting an officer with his car during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.
Police say it happened just after 2 a.m. at the intersection of Bee Cave Parkway and Ranch Road 620. An officer noticed a car stopped at a green light for several minutes. The driver, who police have identified as Antonio Herrera, was asleep at the wheel when that officer and another who had come as backup approached his car.
When the officers woke Herrera up he yelled at them and tried to drive away, into oncoming traffic. One of the officers ran to his patrol car and the other ran next to Herrera’s vehicle on the passenger side, trying to get him to stop.
That’s when Herrera turned the wheel of his car, hitting the officer that was running alongside. He then got out of the car in a “confrontational manner,” according to an arrest affidavit. An officer tackled him to the ground and arrested him.
According to the Bee Cave Police Benevolent Foundation, the officer did not need medical treatment and returned to work despite the hit.
Herrera is charged with assault on a public servant and evading arrest. He bonded out of jail Saturday.