JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested a 53-year-old man on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge after he disrupted a funeral by dancing on the deceased person's grave site and playing loud music and then recklessly chased them in his pickup.
Mark Herrin, of Magnolia Spring, is still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge and a Class B misdemeanor reckless driving charge. His bail amount has been set at $7,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, a JCSO deputy was dispatched out to County Road 520 in reference to a disturbance on March 25. When the deputy met with the complainant, the man said that he had been at his father's funeral when he heard a loud disturbance outside in the nearby cemetery.
The man told the JCSO that he looked outside and saw a man who was later identified as Herrin standing on the grave of the complainant's father. Herrin was allegedly throwing flowers into the air and screaming.
A short time later, Herrin started playing loud music and then drove away from the location "in an aggressive manner," the affidavit stated.
Later, the man and some of his family members left the funeral and went to the main's mother-in-law's home. When they left that location, Herrin was waiting for them to leave at the end of the road, the affidavit stated.
"[The complainant] stated that Mark began chasing them in his white Chevrolet extended cab pickup on CR 520, where he accelerated at a high rate of speed and left the roadway passing [the complainant] in the ditch in a highly reckless manner with no regard to public safety," the affidavit stated.
Herrin then allegedly came back on the road in front of the complainant's vehicle.
A 20-year-old woman who was riding in the complainant's vehicle recorded Herrin's reckless driving on her cell phone, the affidavit stated.
The young woman told the JCSO deputy that they saw Herrin dancing on a grave site and "acting very belligerently" before she shot video of him chasing them on CR 520 and passing them in the ditch, the affidavit stated. The woman also said Herrin passed the complainant's vehicle, he came back on the roadway in front of them with "complete disregard to public safety," the affidavit stated.
The witness said Herrin left the area at that point and possibly went into a wooded area near their home, the affidavit stated.