Police: Lufkin man charged with DWI and hit-and-run

Deonta Rogers (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Deonta Rogers (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man was booked into the Angelina County Jail late Monday accused of fleeing a hit-and-run accident.

According to the police report, an officer pulled over the suspected vehicle, a maroon Dodge Neon, for speeding near the 1300 block of W. Frank Street, shortly after the accident. Police said they arrested Deonta Rogers, 20, of Lufkin because he was driving while intoxicated.

The report stated the accident happened Monday at approximately 8:15 p.m., officers responded to the 900 block of E. Denman Ave, where a motor vehicle accident occurred and the suspect fled the scene.

The victim identified as Lotonia Anders told police she was at the intersection in the lane where you have an option to keep straight or turn left. Anders stated to police there was a small dark colored vehicle next to her on the passenger side in the straight only lane.

Anders stated that when she proceeded to keep straight the driver in the small car turned left, colliding with the front quarter panel of her vehicle.

The victim said she watched as the driver sped off after the collision. She then followed the car and was able to get the license plate.

Anders was transported to Woodland Heights Medical Center for minor back and neck injuries.

At approximately 10 p.m., an officer located Rogers' vehicle. An officer recognized the license plate as the suspect vehicle that fled the scene of the accident.

According to the police report, the officer immediately smelled the odor of alcohol on the driver. He also noticed an opened bottle on the floor board of the driver's vehicle. The report stated Rogers' eyes were red and glassy, and his speech was slightly slurred.

The officer proceeded to question the suspect about the alleged accident that happened earlier, Rogers stated the other vehicle was in the wrong lane and collided with his vehicle. He told the officer his phone was dying and that he could not call police.

The report explained the officer conducted a field sobriety test, which Rogers failed.

He was arrested at the scene and the officer said while in the patrol unit, Rogers began kicking the window, he also admitted he had "one or two beers."

After taking a blood alcohol test at Memorial Hospital, Rogers was booked and charged with DWI, and accident involving injury on a $5,000 bond.

During the investigation of the accident, police found Anders' vehicle had no insurance. She was issued a citation, and her vehicle was towed.

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