LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity County constable is recovering after he was injured in a two-vehicle accident involving another officer Tuesday afternoon.
Trinity County Precinct 2 Constable Mark Cole was rear-ended by Trinity County Sheriff's Deputy Royce Wells.
According to Cole's family and friends, the constable is at home recovering from a concussion and several bruised bones sustained in Tuesday's accident.
However, Cole's family said despite those injuries, Cole isn't giving up and is continuing to do what his community elected him to do.
"Mark ain't a quitter. He is wanting to get healed up so he can come back and do what he promised the community he would do," said Cole's close friend, Delmon Cude.
Cole has a long recovery ahead of him, and while he isn't in his office, he is still answering calls and doing all he can to continue his duties as Precinct 2 Constable.
Wells was not hurt in the incident, and it is not yet known if he will receive a citation for the incident.
According to a press release, the incident occurred at approximately 12:38 p.m. Tuesday.
Cole had just taken Jeffery Mackey into custody on an assault-family violence charge and was transporting Mackey to the jail. Cole's vehicle was moving when Mackey leaped from it in an apparent escape attempt, the press release stated.
Cole came to a sudden stop, and a patrol car driven by Wells slammed into the back of Cole's constable vehicle, the press release stated. Mackey ran from the scene, but he was taken back into custody a short distance from the scene of the collision.
According to the press release, Cole has been transported to a Conroe area hospital for treatment. He was alert and complaining of arm and shoulder pain
"Mackey remains in custody and is being held at the Trinity emergency room," the press release stated. "Deputy Wells received no major injuries."
Because the collision involved two law enforcement agencies within the county, Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace asked Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones to conduct the accident investigation.