A man in a stolen tractor-trailer tries to run over a policeman at high speed

A man is in jail after trying to run over a police officer during a hit-and-run investigation in Texas earlier this month.

The incident happened Saturday, October 8 at the Circle G Truck Stop in Gonzales, Texas.

The Gonzales Inquirer reports that officers initially responded to the truck stop to investigate a hit-and-run. The hit and run victim told Sgt. Martinez that a man had rammed his vehicle and then fled on foot. As a sergeant. Martinez spoke with the victim, a tractor-trailer began to move towards him at high speed.

The tractor-trailer then struck the victim’s vehicle as Sgt. Martinez and the victim managed to get out of the way of the truck, avoiding serious injury. The force of the impact between the vehicles sent the victim’s vehicle down a road and into a pasture on the other side of the road. The suspect then fled northbound on US Highway 183.

The semi-trailer then pulled into the opposite traffic lane and struck several vehicles before turning onto Saint-Joseph Street and coming to a stop. The driver, later identified as 34-year-old Johnny Ray Longoria Jr., then exited the tractor-trailer and ran down the 400 block of Village Drive.

Officers eventually caught Longoria on foot and placed him under arrest. Investigation into the incident revealed that Longoria had been the one to hit the victim’s vehicle the first time before stealing the tractor-trailer and using it to hit the vehicle a second time.

Longoria was initially charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle, but later been charged with even more serious crimes.

“After further investigation (viewing car videos, obtaining witness and victim statements), Johnny Ray Longoria has been charged with two counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer or firefighter ( first-degree felony) and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (second-degree felony),” DPM Lt. Jason Montoya said. “These charges are in addition to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and escape from arrest or detention with a motor vehicle.”

Longoria is currently in jail on $890,000 bail. No one was seriously injured in the incident.

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