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Trinity man scratches patrol car with deputy inside

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Justin Rowe (Source: Constable Woody Wallace) Justin Rowe (Source: Constable Woody Wallace)
TRINITY, TX (KTRE) -

A Trinity County constable arrested a 27-year-old man after the suspect allegedly used a pocket knife to scratch the officer's patrol car from front to back. Deputy Constable Ricky Hope was sitting inside the vehicle when the incident allegedly occurred Sept. 28.

Trinity County Constable Woody Wallace said he didn't know if the man was aware that the deputy constable was in the car.

"I just know that he was drunk," Wallace said.

Justin Everett Rowe, 27, of Trinity, was taken to the Trinity County Jail on a charge of criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000, which is a state jail felony. He posted a bail of $10,000 and was released from jail on Sept. 29. If convicted, Rowe could spend up to two years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison.

The alleged incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 29. Hope was sitting inside his car at the Trinity Community Fair when Rowe allegedly pulled out a pocket knife and scratched the patrol car.

When Hope got out of his car, Rowe fled on foot. However, the deputy was able to catch and arrest the suspect. Rowe was then taken to the Trinity Police Department.

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