Driver rams other vehicle, crashes into downtown square in Sulphur Springs

Driver rams other vehicle, crashes into downtown square in Sulphur Springs
(Source: KLTV News Staff)
(Source: KLTV News Staff)

SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - A man was arrested over the weekend after he rammed his vehicle into another car and later crashed into the Celebration Plaza Square in Sulphur Springs, causing a "large" amount of damage.

According to the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, Terrence Beachem first intentionally rammed into the vehicle of his girlfriend's son. The sheriff's office reported that Beachem had originally made "threats to assault his girlfriend" to the son and the son was on his way to the Sulphur Springs Police Department when the incident occurred.

After ramming the victim's vehicle, Beachem lost control of his own vehicle. He traveled north off the roadway and into the Celebration Plaza, causing damage to the square.

Celebration Plaza is home to the city's famed glass bathrooms. However, according to Captain Jason Ricketson with Sulphur Springs Police Department, the glass bathrooms sustained no damage. The damage was done to a low brick wall and to a utility pole nearby. Ricketson says the monetary amount of the damage has not been completely calculated yet.

After the crashing into the square, Beachem then fled the scene, according to the sheriff's office. A Sulphur Springs police officer then located Beachem who observed the patrol car and fled again on foot. He then reportedly attempted to hide in some shrubbery.

Beachem was then taken into custody and transported to the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office. Beachem was charged with criminal mischief and aggravated assault family violence.

According to the arresting officer, Beachem exhibited signs of intoxication and smelled strongly of alcohol.

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