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Man receives 20 year prison sentence for attempting to hit deputy with car

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Roel Jesus Gallegos (Source: Cherokee County Jail) Roel Jesus Gallegos (Source: Cherokee County Jail)
CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday for attempting to run down a deputy with his vehicle.

Roel Jesus Gallegos, 22, of Jacksonville was jailed for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the April 2012 altercation. Authorities say a Cherokee County Sheriff's Office deputy was investigating the sound of gunfire in the area of County Road 3303 and County Road 3304, just west of Jacksonville.

According to Texas Ranger Brent Davis, the deputy responding to the area located a vehicle in question and pulled it over to question the occupants. Davis says the suspects refused to show the officer their hands, before flooring the gas pedal and attempting to run over the officer.

The officer was able to quickly step out of the way, and fired more than five rounds at the vehicle, Davis says. The driver, Gallegos, suffered minor head injured from a ricocheted bullet, investigators say.

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