Two volunteer firemen injured while working gas leak scene
San Jacinto News- Times - August 2008
SHEPHERD – Two Shepherd Volunteer Firemen were injured last Thursday night while they were conducting traffi c control at the scene of a broken gas line on Loop 424 in downtown Shepherd. According to San Jacinto County Sheriff Lacy Rogers, 18-year-old Taylor Hopkins hit the gas meter across Loop 424 from the San Jacinto County Pct. 2 Annex around 10 p.m., breaking the line and causing a natural gas leak. While members of the Shepherd Volunteer Fire Department were conducting traffi c control at the scene as the gas company repaired the leak, Hopkins made another round through the area, hitting a fi re truck and knocking it crossways in the road before striking a volunteer fi reman. A second fi reman was injured when he attempted to jump from Hopkins’ path, springing his ankle. Both fi remen were taken to the hospital and later released, Sheriff Rogers said. San Jacinto County Deputies chased Hopkins to Lake Run-AMuck Subdivision where he was apprehended on Betty Lane. “Hopkins was intoxicated and had stolen the truck he was driving from a resident on FM 1127,” Rogers said. Hopkins was jailed on charges of assault of a fi reman, assault of a police offi cer, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and criminal mischief. Three bonds for $15,000 and one for $100,000 have been set. “More charges are pending,” Rogers said.