Trinity Co. Sheriff: Man elbowed deputy in eye, resisted arrest

Shelby Wainwright (Trinity County Sheriff's Office)
Shelby Wainwright (Trinity County Sheriff's Office)

GROVETON, TX (KTRE) - Trinity County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 20-year-old Groveton man Tuesday for aggravated assault of a peace officer after he allegedly elbowed one deputy in the face and resisted arrest.

Shelby Wainwright is still being held in the Trinity County Jail on two first-degree felony charges of aggravated assault of a peace officer. His bail has been set at $250,000.

Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace said two of his deputies were dispatched out to the One Stop convenience store in downtown Groveton in reference to an intoxicated man. He said they found Wainwright sitting in his truck and drinking beer.

Concerned about Wainwright's safety and that of anyone he might have encountered on the road, the two deputies tried to take Wainwright into custody. At that point, he became belligerent, Wallace said.

Wallace said when the deputies grabbed Wainwright to take him into custody, he elbowed one of them in the face hard enough to give the man a black eye. Then a scuffle ensued between Wainwright and the deputies.

"It was a pretty good fight," Wallace said. "Wainwright is a big guy. He's about 6 feet tall, and he weighs about 290 pounds."

During the struggle, the deputies pepper-sprayed Wainwright three times before they could finally get him under control, Wallace said.

"We've had several run-ins with him before," Wallace said. "He can't handle alcohol; he gets crazy."

Once the deputies got Wainwright calmed down, he allegedly told them that he had bought alcohol from the One Stop convenience store twice that day.

Wallace said they sought and obtained two arrest warrants for the owner of the convenience store. Cho Thoi Huynh, 64, of Groveton. Huynh was charged with two counts of selling alcohol to a minor, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

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