Suspect in Deadly DPS Attack Arrested

( – According to a Fox News April 15 report, the suspect who stole an 18-wheeler truck and crashed it into a Department of Public Safety office in Brenham, Texas, was arrested and is currently facing numerous charges. The conservative media outlet said that, in the incident, the 42-year-old man named Clenard Parker injured 13 people and killed one.

Washington County Jail records revealed that authorities charged Parker with multiple aggravated assaults with a firearm, as well as with the illegal use of a vehicle and evading arrest from police officers. The records also show that authorities set his bond at $2 million.

Numerous reports have shown that car theft has become a major crime in some major US cities. The two states with the highest rate of car theft are Washington and Oregon. Authorities explain that one of the most dangerous aspects of these crimes is the fatal crashes that usually occur when police pursue criminals.

In a statement, the Texas Department of Public Safety said that the accident took place on April 12 when a police patrol was chasing the suspect. Officials explained that Parker crashed into the office’s building after taking a “hard right turn,” and was immediately arrested by officers without resistance as he couldn’t move the vehicle further.

In a press conference in Brenham, the state Department of Public Safety’s Sargeant Justin Ruiz said he believes that Parker intentionally crashed the 18-wheeler against the office. When asked why, Ruiz told reporters that the suspect had visited the office less than 24 hours before the accident and was told by a driver’s license staff that his commercial driver’s license wouldn’t be renewed. He added that the city office will close for the time being as the Texas Rangers keep investigating the crash. Ruiz also told reporters that authorities are trying to determine if Parker’s crime constitutes an act of terrorism.

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