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5/23/07-Longview

Longview Patrolman's Police Unit Hit Head-On

       An East Texas patrolman is injured, after a driver swerves into traffic, hitting his vehicle, head on. The female driver, whose two small children were also in her car crashed last night near the intersection of Highway-80 and Bill Owens parkway in Longview. Longview patrolman Anthony Menyard's police unit had his driver's side door smashed in, his air bag deployed, and even his front left wheel torn off. 

    Police said the driver, 25 year old Deysi Lara-Santana did not slow down or put on her brakes as she swerved.

  "I've seen the video , it looks like she realized what was going to happened at the last second and tried to veer back over, and both vehicles struck pretty much head-on," said Longview police Sergeant Shaun Pendleton.

    Both cars were totaled, and Santana had a 5 year old and a 6 month old in the car with her.

"The 6 month old was not in a restraint, the driver of the vehicle also was not in a restraint, I don't believe," said Pendleton.

     Santana and the two children were taken to a local hospital. Police have their own suspicions.

 "We do have reason to believe there was some alcohol involved we have taken blood and we'll wait for results from that to get back, and there may be some additional charges later," Pendleton said.

    Santana was ticketed for failure to maintain a single lane, no drivers license and not having a child in a seat-belt.   

Officer Menyard was treated for minor injuries, he's been released from the hospital.    Santana was life-flighted to a Dallas hospital, but her injuries, though serious, are considered non-life threatening. Her children remain in the hospital with minor injuries.

Bob Hallmark, reporting, bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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