Police: Nacogdoches man grabs steering wheel, causes wreck

Paul Moreno (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Paul Moreno (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office arrested an 18-year-old man for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly grabbed the steering wheel of a car driven by a his mother and caused a one-vehicle accident.

Paul Moreno, 18, of Nacogdoches, was arrested and taken to a Nacogdoches hospital and he was treated for his injuries and released. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing bodily injury-family violence, a first-degree felony. No bond has been set at this time.

According to Chief Deputy Terry Maston of the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office, NCSO deputies and a Department of Public Safety trooper responded to a report of a major one-vehicle accident on FM 2863 at about 9:41 p.m. Tuesday.

DPS Trooper John Henley said Mariana Moreno, Paul Moreno's mother, was driving a Ford Explorer, and her son was in the right front passenger seat. Her grandson was in the back seat.

"Mr. Moreno was highly intoxicated," Henley said. "He and his mother got into an argument over the fact that he was drunk, and he grabbed the steering wheel, causing the vehicle to go off the road and roll over."

The Explorer wound up on its roof. Henley said all three of the vehicle's occupants were wearing seatbelts when the wreck occurred. As a result, all three people only received minor injuries and were treated and released.

Maston said that, in this case, the deadly weapon in question was the Ford Explorer.

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