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Report: Lufkin woman crashes car on birthday, assaults LPD officer at hospital

Tycia Rodgers (Source: Angelina County Jail) Tycia Rodgers (Source: Angelina County Jail)
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

A Lufkin woman found herself in jail on her birthday after she allegedly crashed her car into a parked vehicle late Sunday night, kicked an officer in the leg several times, and cursed at and resisted hospital staff members who were trying to get a blood sample from her.

Tycia Annette Rodgers, 51, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a third-degree felony assault of a public servant charge, a Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (2nd) charge, and three misdemeanor traffic charges. Collectively, her bail amount has been set at $3,000 for the three misdemeanor charges. No bail has been set for the felony charge.

According to the Lufkin Police Department’s daily activity report, LPD officers spoke to Rodgers in the 400 block of Third Street at about 11:55 p.m. Sunday night after she crashed her Chevrolet into a parked vehicle.

When the LPD officer approached Rodgers’ car, he noticed the smell of alcohol, the affidavit stated. She allegedly told him it was her birthday and that she had two glasses of wine before she drove that night.
“Noticing that she was wearing high heels, the officer asked if she wanted to remove her shoes before attempting a field sobriety test,” the police report stated. “She declined, telling him she could walk in her shoes fine.”

The report stated that Rodgers nearly fell while she was listening to the officer’s instructions for the walk and turn. She also allegedly refused to give her consent for a blood or breath sample.

Rodgers then became belligerent at the hospital after a judge signed a blood search warrant, and she kicked in the leg several times, the affidavit stated. She also allegedly cursed at and resisted hospital staff members who tried to get a blood sample for her.

According to the police report, once Rodgers was booked into the county jail, jailers had to put her in a restraint chair.

Rodgers pleaded guilty to a DWI with child under the age of 15 charge in September of 2012. A judge sentenced her to five years of probation for the crime.
According to the arrest report for her DWI with a child charge, an LPD officer was patrolling in January of 2012 when he saw a white Cadillac traveling fast and turn from Keltys Drive and onto Abney Avenue. The officer reported the driver ignored a red light on the intersection of Abney Avenue and Raguet Drive, then speed away toward Frank Avenue.

The officer stopped the Cadillac, and Rodgers, the driver, got out and stumbled to the rear of the vehicle, according to the report. The officer noted that Rodgers showed several signs of drunkenness and smelled like alcohol.

Rodgers failed the roadside sobriety tests and was arrested for driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, as she had a 12-year-old child in the passenger seat, according to the report.
Rodgers refused to give a sample of her breath or blood, so the officer obtained a search warrant for her blood, while the child was released to the custody of a family member, according to the report.

While at the hospital, the report states Rodgers "became combative" and had to be held on the bed, so blood could be collected. Rodgers tried to bite the finger of one of the officers, but her teeth only raked across the officer's hand, according to the report.

When Rodgers was taken to the Angelina County Jail, she refused to provide her identifying information, at one point telling an officer "figure it out" and that he was going to die, according to the report.

At that time, Rodgers was charged with DWI with a child passenger and resisting arrest.

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