ETX woman rams vehicle with daughter inside, punches officer

ETX woman rams vehicle with daughter inside, punches officer
Hopkins County Jail
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:43pm

An East Texas woman could face a laundry list of charges after she allegedly rammed her mother's vehicle with her daughter inside and punched a police officer Tuesday night.

Sulphur Springs Police Department Captain James Sanders said officers were called to the area of South Davis Street when a driver crashed their vehicle into a utility pole. What led up to the moment was shocking.

At around 7:50 p.m., an off-duty officer was filling his tank with gas at a local grocery store when he noticed a vehicle headed north on Gilmer Street being chased by a woman in a truck. Once the officer put back the gas hose, he began to pursue both vehicles and called for backup. 

The vehicles would turn from Gilmer Street onto Kyle Street, where the officer saw the truck trying to run the other vehicle off the road. It was later learned the truck had already rammed the vehicle it was chasing at least once. 

By the time the officer caught up to the wild driver, she had smashed into a utility pole near the intersection of South Davis. At this point, a woman stepped out of the truck and was visibly intoxicated by a drug, said Sanders.

The responding off-duty officer identified himself as law enforcement and the suspect tried to get back into the truck. The officer kept the woman from getting back behind the wheel and was subsequently punched by her. At this time, he took her down to the ground and waited for other officers to arrive.

The suspect was later identified as Jessica Boykin, 26. She was charged with assaulting a public servant, reckless driving and child endangerment. Additional charges could be forthcoming.  The woman will also faces any charges brought by the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, including hit and run.

It was later learned Boykin was attempting to get her child back from her mother, whom was riding in the vehicle she was ramming. The mother said she was trying to protect the child.

Sanders said Child Protective Services has temporarily placed the child in custody of Boykin's mother.

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